Apple Steals Microsoft's Data Center Chief: Will Apple Push Into the Cloud?

Apple has hired the General Manager of Microsoft's data center operations, Kevin Timmons, the man who's responsible for Microsoft's data centers that power the company's cloud-based services. It most likely foretells a big Apple push into the cloud.

Data Center knowledge reports that Timmons is leaving Microsoft and headed to Apple. GeekWire adds that he won't be replacing the late Apple data center head Olivier Sanche, and will instead be taking a new position that has yet to be announced.

This has led to the justifiable speculation that he'll head up Apple's push into the cloud. AppleInsider reports, for example, that Apple is putting together a team to write software for Apple's future cloud services. What will those services likely be? Data Center Knowledge has this to say:

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.

The concept of the cloud, despite all the hype surrounding it, remains a hazy concept to many, particularly consumers. Apple, in the past, has been brilliant in taking existing technologies that aren't quite fully baked, sprinkling in its own bit of magic, adding superb design, and then marketing it to consumers better than anyone else. Suddenly, an entire new consumer market appears.

Will Apple do this with the cloud? If so, Kevin Timmons will likely be at the center of it.

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