Jim Smith and David Schirmacher have left Digital Realty Trust.
I would always chat with Jim and David when I saw them at data center events. Then, I thought about Chris Crosby another person I would enjoy chatting with left in 2011.
Then I thought of Mike Manos leaving Digital in 2010.
All four of these data center executives are tops in technical and operational skills to build and run data centers. When you go through the list of people Digital is hiring you don't see someone with these skills.
This is a mystery to me. As the largest data center provider you would think having the top data center talent is a priority. So what is the top priority for Digital? In the announcement of Jim and David leaving is the hiring of Chris Sharp from Equinix where he focused on the Cloud. But, some of the biggest tenants of Digital run some of the biggest Clouds. Does Digital want to compete against its Cloud customers? If youwant to build data centers specific for the Cloud you would keep the data center executives so its not that.
I don't have a clear answer to this mystery.