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December 16, 2008 at 6:12 PM

EMC taps another ex-Microsoft to lead cloud project, from Seattle

Harel Kodesh is the new president of EMC’s cloud computing effort and chief executive of Decho, it’s Seattle-based online storage business, EMC announced today.

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Decho was created this fall when the Hopkinton, Mass. storage giant merged two of its acquisitions – Utah-based Mozy and Seattle-based Pi Corp.

Now Kodesh will run the show, including EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure Business, from Decho’s Pioneer Square offices. The company employs about 100 people, including around 20 in Seattle.

I wonder if he’ll catch the same upward elevator as his predecessor, Paul Maritz, the Pi founder and former Microsoft boss who ran EMC’s cloud business briefly before being tapped to run its VMWare subsidiary.

Kodesh, 50, was previously chief product officer at enterprise communications technology company Amdocs. Earlier he was at Microsoft, where he founded the Windows CE operating system project and became vice president of the information appliance division, according to EMC’s release. The Israel Institute of Technology graduate also worked as chief executive of Wingcast, a telematic venture started by Qualcomm and Ford.

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