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Apple Adds Drama to Its New Data Center

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Kevin Timmons -- Microsoft's General Manager of its Datacenter Services since 2009 -- has left his post.

Why, you ask? To go sailing? Spend more time with his family? Indicted?

Nope. Rumor has it, he's now at Apple.

As Google gets closer to releasing its streaming service Google Music and Amazon continues to improve its own cloud drive, Apple must scramble to perfect its cloud-based iTunes/digital locker as quickly as possible and get it to market. Already, the company's made huge strides in that direction, having acquired a billion-dollar data center in North Carolina -- which many believe will store all our Huey Lewis albums.

But venturing into this new arena will require some expertise. Someone with a background in the area to oversee operations there. And for that esteemed position, Apple poached Kevin Timmons from Microsoft to fill a leadership position at the data center.

According to Dave Ohara at Green Data Center Blog, the actual position is not yet known and Microsoft is keeping mum about the job switch. Prior to Redmond, Timmons was Yahoo's Vice President of Operations for 10 years. Mustn't feel too good to only hang on to the guy for two years before seeing him leave for a chief competitor.

Let's hope Redmond channels that anger into something productive.

(See also: New Apple Job Hints at Cloud-Based iTunes and Apple, Google Now Trailing Amazon's Cloud)

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