Amidst the new line of products and gadgets, Apple witnesses a major exit. Eric Billingsley, the Apple executive behind the company’s iCloud infrastructure, has left the company. Billingsley was Apple’s director of Internet services operations, overseeing much of the iCloud backend system and programming.
Per reports, Patrick Gates will take over Billingsley’s position. Gates was already in charge of the backend infrastructure for services like Siri. With Billingsley’s departure his responsibilities will now increase. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumnus has held major technical roles at eBay and worked as a consultant with Kixeye, where his role was to re-architect its operational, software design and performance management systems.
Billingsley’s departure from Apple could be viewed as a hint at the company looking to move on from cloud services and instead focusing on its recently announced “Project McQueen.” Project McQueen is Apple’s solution to reduce reliance on Amazon and Microsoft and to create its own data backend.
Project McQueen is only the beginning of Apple’s infrastructure efforts. A CNBC report released last year indicated that Apple has a total of six infrastructure projects currently in works. While electronic gadgets and devices, specifically the iPhone, bring in more revenue than any other service at Apple, Internet services have taken on greater importance recently.