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Apple poaches Microsoft's datacenter manager

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu April 14, 2011

Apple hires Microsoft datamanager GM Timmons

Apple's cloud ambitions became clearer late Wednesday with reports that Apple had lured away Microsoft's Datacenter Services General Manager Kevin Timmons. His new role wasn't known but came just two years after he had left a role as the operations lead at Yahoo. The move spotted by Green M3 is believed to have been very recent, and Timmons has yet to update his LinkedIn profile (above) to reflect the change.

Neither company is expected to confirm the deal, although a source that spoke with AllThingsD confirmed the jump to Apple. His role may go beyond his datacenter experience, the same source said.

The move will very likely focus primarily on cloud services and the new North Carolina datacenter that should be going live later this spring. Apple is known to be recruiting a cloud group and would likely want veterans to head up the most important positions. Most talk of the datacenter's use has centered on the prospect of a media locker service that could also include broader, free MobileMe services.

For Microsoft, the loss is a blow to its own cloud goals. Despite regularly losing hundreds of millions of dollars on Internet services, it has continued to funnel money into services such as Azure and Bing in hopes of winning business away from Google.

by MacNN Staff



  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The New

    Microsoft Mole.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smart Guy

    The fact that he has chosen to leave Microsoft after such a short stint there speaks volumes!

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    watch out for this guy.

    i dont trust him.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    We are the Borg

    You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.

  1. Joe05

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cloud Services

    I wouldn't put to much stock in this guy,most likely he'll be at Apple 24 months and then jump to Google.
    His loss is hardly a blow to Microsoft, he just one of thousands who work in that division, as for the losses, that has more to do with the billions Microsoft is spending, Redmond has been building massive 1 terabyte per second Data centers all over the world at a cost of 500 million to a billion a pop with more to come.

    Jeez Apple, are you kidding me, you're just now starting to assemble a cloud services team?

    Welcome to 2005 Apple.

  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Years behind

    Apple needs more power to the copy machines. Its cloud services are years behind and it needs to catch up now. We'll have to wait and see what this "data center" thing is all about. Will it be useful (productive) cloud services or will it be more consumer driven stuff we're getting used to from Apple (music/movies)? I use my computer technology to make money, not to consume as many videos and songs and "apps" as I can.

    Apple had a few good years recently but now they are so far behind with their iOS and even its desktop OS is falling behind in usability. I have Windows 7 and Mc OS X on my McBook Pro (good hardware, I'll give them that) but I really find myself using the Windows 7 a lot more than the Mc OS X when I want to get work done. Last year, I switched from the iPhone to Android and I am extremely happy with my decision!

    - Sent from my Android device.

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