Mike Manos Quits Digital Realty Trust, Joins Nokia

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Mike Manos, an influential figure in data center design and construction, has resigned from Digital Realty Trust to take on a new position building out Nokia's cloud services platform.

Manos, who left Digital Realty after less than a year at the company, will be Nokia's vice president of service operations, with global responsibility for the strategy, operation and infrastructure for Nokia's cloud and mobile services platforms, he wrote in a blog postSunday.

"It's an incredibly exciting role, especially when you think of the fact that the number of mobile handhelds around the world are increasingly becoming the interface by which people are consuming information," he wrote. "Whether that be navigation-based applications or other content related platforms, your phone is becoming your gateway to the world."

Manos joined Digital Realty from Microsoft, where he ran Microsoft's global data center operations. His new job will put him in competition with other big vendors building mobile services platforms, including Google, Apple and Microsoft, he noted.

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

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.

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.

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