Data Center Chief Mike Manos Quits Digital Realty Trust

Mike Manos, an influential figure in data center design and construction, has resigned from wholesale data center provider Digital Realty Trust after less than a year at the company, Digital Realty said on Friday.

Digital Realty designs, builds and manages large data centers for third parties, including collocation providers and hosting companies. It is one of the biggest providers of such services worldwide.

The company hired Manos last April as senior vice president of technical services, where he oversaw design, construction and technical operations for Digital Realty's data centers worldwide. Before that, he ran Microsoft's Data Center Services division.

Manos said via e-mail that he planned to announce his next move on Sunday. "The next chapter of my career brings me back in closer alignment with what I did for Microsoft," he wrote.

"I remain firm in my endorsement of Digital Realty Trust and hope that my involvement has helped to move the company forward," he was quoted as saying in a statement from Digital Realty.

Digital Realty said, "We understand that this was a difficult, personal decision for him and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

Manos has been a champion of containerized data centers like those being used on a large scale at Microsoft's new data center in Chicago. Containerized data centers pack servers and other compute gear into shipping containers, and they can help companies boost energy efficiency or delay the need to construct new data centers.

Manos is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences on energy efficiency and other data center topics. He is also a proponent of building data centers in a more modular, standardized way, where mechanical and electrical components are designed and can then be reused in a "cookie-cutter" fashion.

Digital Realty said Dave Caron, senior vice president for portfolio management, will oversee technical operations, and Jim Smith, chief technology officer, will oversee design and construction on an interim basis, both effective Feb. 1.

There was no mention of Manos' departure Friday in his blog.

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