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Apple Poaches Microsoft's Datacenter GM

Kevin Timmons, who’s served as General Manager of Datacenter Services at Microsoft since 2009, has a new job.

At Apple.

Timmons left Microsoft this week and the company has confirmed his departure, though it declined to say why he left or where he was headed. But sources in position to know confirm he’s hired on with Apple.

Details on Timmons’s responsibilities there are slim, though I’m told his role may extend beyond his datacenter expertise. Which is interesting to hear in light of recent chatter about Apple’s rumored cloud initiatives.

In any event, Timmons’s hiring is quite a coup for Apple. He’s widely regarded in the industry and comes to the company with an impressive CV that includes a stint at Yahoo–where he led the company’s datacenter build-out.

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