Former Microsoft cloud chief resurfaces at EMC

Former Microsoft cloud chief resurfaces at EMC

Summary: Amitabh Srivastava, the former head of Microsoft's Server and Cloud Division, has resurfaced at EMC, the parent company of one of Microsoft's foremost rivals.


Amitabh Srivastava, the former Senior Vice President in charge of Microsoft's Server and Cloud Division, has resurfaced at EMC, the parent company of one of Microsoft's foremost rivals.

According to his recently-updated LinkedIn profile, Srivastava is the President of EMC's Advanced Storage Division. Srivasta left Microsoft in March, 2011, after a 13-year career at the company, with his most recent job being head of the combined Server and Cloud division. Microsoft combined the Windows Server and Azure teams in December 2010. Srivastava announced he planned to leave Microsoft when it became clear that he would not be getting former Server and Tools President Bob Muglia’s job. (Muglia announced plans to leave after CEO Steve Ballmer decided he wasn’t the right guy for the STB-chief job , according to scuttlebutt.) Satya Nadella is the current head of the Server and Tools business at the company. Storage vendor EMC purchased virtualization vendor VMware in 2004 and has largely allowed it to be run as an independent entity. EMC owned 80 percent of VMware, as of last year. VMware is Microsoft's No. 1 virtualization rival and increasingly a competitor on the cloud-computing front.

VMware has a growing list of former Microsoft execs in various leadership positions, including Paul Maritz, Tod Neilsen and Charles Fitzgerald.

In other Microsoft-related job changes, Microsoft has been updating its bio page to reflect a number of new titles for its execs. (It's worth noting that Microsoft's bio page updates almost always happen weeks, if not months, after actual job/title changes occur.)

Scott Guthrie's page now acknowledges his new role as Corporate Vice President in the Server and Tools business, working on Azure. Here's the back story on Guthrie's new job. Allison Watson's title has changed from Corporate Vice President of the Business & Marketing Organization in the U.S. to Corporate Vice President of U.S. Marketing and Operations. In her new job, according to her bio, she "is responsible for all marketing activities for Microsoft's products, including Microsoft's commercial cloud offerings." Kirill Tartarinov's Presidency is now acknowledged on his bio page. He runs the Microsoft Business Solutions Division (responsible for ERP, CRM and Health Solutions).

Dan Reed is no longer head of Microsoft's eXtreme Computing Group; his new title is Corporate Vice President of the Technology Policy Group. Bob Kelly's new title is head of Windows Azure Marketing. He was formerly Corporate VP in charge of Server and Cloud Platform Marketing. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, Kelly "is taking on the role of driving Windows Azure Marketing and Robert Wahbe is serving as the acting leader of Windows Server and Management Marketing, in addition to his role as leader of Server and Tools Marketing, while we identify a new leader for Windows Server and Management Marketing."

Topics: Virtualization, Hardware, Microsoft, Servers, Storage, VMware


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Over-valued hire...

    Srivastava was a relic. I will never forget how underwhelmed I was after he left Microsoft. I had met with him several times and every time I discussed my strategy with him, he would question what I was trying to accomplish. My rep would text me and tell me to keep my calm but I for one was glad to say "Hasta la Srivastava"
    Mike Cox
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      @Mike Cox I understand perfectly what you are saying. There are some in this world who think that all people coming from India or China are these rocket scientists and in the US we are just brain dead. Well...once you know a thing about technology and start talking to these "braniacs" it takes about a minute to discover that most of them are just not that bright and "do not get it." This might sound cold, but look at all this brain power that supposedly is present in India and China and then think about the 10 or 20 new companies in this world have had impact in the last few years and SURPRISE, few to NONE are from those parts of the world.
      • RE: Former Microsoft cloud chief resurfaces at EMC

        Agreed... the myth of the dumb American is a creation of the media and the corporate publicity machine though I doubt Mike Cox was referring to Amitabh's ethinicity.
        Comparing apples to apples, a smart Chinese or Indian is not better than a smart American. However, with a much larger base to choose from, the sheer number of smart Asians is greater than the number of comparable Americans.
        When you refer to the lack of innovative companies from that region, you should also consider the lack of infrastructure that hobbles innovation. China is quickly getting up there and India is still some ways behind.
        The beauty of America is in the facilities it provides to its people - if you know a way to grow, you will be able to follow through and achieve just results. It is the only reason you will see so many Asians in the USA and yes, many (though not all) are rocket scientists!!
    • RE: Former Microsoft cloud chief resurfaces at EMC

      @Mike Cox - I don't know if to take anything of this seriously, as it is Mike Cox...
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  • RE: Former Microsoft cloud chief resurfaces at EMC

    "The human brain is about three and a half pounds of hamburger that makes all your decisions for you." I'm quoting someone here but the hamburger comes in flavors and colors of packaging that have no effect on the eureka moments in life.
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