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The general manager in charge of Microsoft’s data center operations, Kevin Timmons, has left the company for a job at Apple, according to reports by Data Center Knowledge and the Green Data Center Blog.

Timmons joined Microsoft two years ago from Yahoo. His hiring by Apple underscores the rising importance of data centers to the Cupertino, Calif., company. But Dave Ohara of the Green Data Center Blog, a veteran of both companies, says Timmons isn’t replacing late Apple data center chief Olivier Sanche but is instead taking a new, unknown position at Apple.

Rich Miller of Data Center Knowledge reports that “Apple is widely presumed to be readying its iDataCenter to power a cloud-based ‘storage locker’ that can house music, video and other media for iTunes users.”

In response to our inquiry, Microsoft sent a statement from Dayne Sampson, its corporate vice president of Global Foundation Services: “Kevin Timmons, general manager of Datacenter Services, has decided to pursue other career opportunities and is no longer working at Microsoft. We appreciate the contributions he made to Microsoft during his time here.”


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