Microsoft Australia has appointed Philip Goldie as head of its server business group. He replaces Martin Gregory.
“He’s [Gregory] taken a sabbatical and is due to return mid-year,” Goldie said.
Before joining Microsoft, Goldie worked at Alteon WebSystems, a content aware switching provider, which was purchased by Nortel in 2000.
Goldie is originally from the UK and spent eight years at Nortel, moving to Sydney for the vendor in 2003.
Product lines he will oversee include virtualisation and cloud computing.
“We’re making inroads into the virtualisation market in Australia. It has really developed,” Goldie said. “We’re focused on making sure we’ve got the right offerings in this space. We’re also building public cloud offerings on products like Azure.”
The Azure cloud platform will become available in Australia in April.
“We’re starting to ramp up our activity in that space,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of developers testing Azure and we’re in the process of moving it mainstream.”
“We’ve got a huge footprint of partners that understand our customers very well and there’s lots of opportunity in the market.”