Building an organization around exceptional leaders with the deepest industry expertise is core to how we evolve our Global Foundation Services organization. One such leader is Kevin Timmons, who joined Microsoft Global Foundation Services (GFS) today to head up our Data Center Services organization. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and passion in this space, most recently serving as vice president of Operations at Yahoo!, where he led the build-out of their data centers and infrastructure. Before that he was a director of Operations at GeoCities, and prior to that he served as a senior software engineer at Marconi Dynamics.
Kevin is known as a hands-on leader with a great grasp on the issues in his field and a keen interest in increasing energy efficiency. One of the key ways he has approached that challenge was by closely measuring efficiency at each data center and using PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) as a key metric—a strategy that helped build more efficient data centers. Kevin also brings valuable experience and know-how in the field of data center site selection. Anyone familiar with our areas of focus in Microsoft data centers, especially around environmental sustainability, will recognize the great fit Kevin’s experiences bring to the team. In sitting down with him and exploring these areas in depth, I’ve become increasingly excited about the industry experience Kevin brings to our team.
In addition to bringing Kevin on board, we’ve recently restructured our Infrastructure Services team within GFS. In mid May we aligned the organization around five teams: Shared Infrastructure, Programmable Infrastructure, Platform Hardware and Standards, Global Network Services, and the Data Center Services team that Kevin now heads up. These changes will help us align our teams with Microsoft’s evolving cloud computing business and position our infrastructure for the upcoming year and beyond. We look forward to sharing more about these teams in upcoming postings.
General Manager of Infrastructure Services
Global Foundation Services