Cloud services provider Amazon Web Services has named Tom Rizzo general manager in its EC2 division, according to a post by GeekWire on Wednesday.
This comes two days after AWS gave some more details about its cloud service failure last week which was caused by a power outage at its Ashburn, Virginia data center.
According to GeekWire, Rizzo updated his LinkedIn profile to add his new role, which his profile indicates started in June 2012.
In the description, Rizzo says he is currently building out the EC2 team.
Prior to Amazon, Rizzo led product management and competitive strategy as senior director, Microsoft Office and Office 365. Rizzo was in charge of services capabilities in Office 365 including security, privacy, networking, identity, mobility and SLA, and startegy and execution for the Office and Office 365 developer platforms and tools.
Rizzo has been a long-time Microsoft employee, he started as a group product manager, Microsoft Exchange server, in October 2006. Many people on Twitter remarked that his appointment by Amazon will be a big loss for Microsoft since he was a well-known brand ambassador for Office 365.
In May, Microsoft received a lot of criticism for the way it handled the Microsoft Office Live Small Business customer migration, which it discontinued in order to develop its Office 365 cloud productivity suite. Several web hosts have launched services around the SMB cloud suite, including SherWeb’s Office 365 solution called SkyOffice.
On Wednesday, web host Go Daddy announced that it has named former Microsoft India director of SMB and cloud business Rajiv Sodhi managing director of Go Daddy India.