Savvis beefs up cloud, sales teams with Microsoft, Amazon veterans

Savvis, the cloud and managed services subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), is adding more power to its management team by naming technology veterans James R. Parker as senior vice president, Americas sales, and Daniel Patton as vice president and general manager of cloud services.

Formerly the general manager of Microsoft's enterprise and partner group for Central Eastern Europe, Parker will be responsible for all of Savvis' Americas region sales channel activities. Likewise, Patton, who most recently headed up the Americas sales team for Amazon Web Services (Nasdaq: AMZN), will help drive the growth strategy of Savvis' Savvis Symphony cloud computing platform.

The two executives have plenty of technology and cloud experience they will be able to put to use at Savvis at a time when the service provider is expanding globally and domestically.

With almost 20 years of enterprise software sales, service and development experience to Savvis, Parker most recently oversaw $1 billion in software and related services throughout 32 countries that supported over 1,600 business customers at Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT).

Patton has over 20 years of experience in the technology space, serving in various sales, product development roles. During his tenure at Amazon Web Services, he drove cloud adoption across the start-up, small and medium business (SMB) and enterprise markets.

Expanding its management team with two executives that understand the complexities of the cloud and how to scale services couldn't come at a better time, as Savvis is ramping up its data center reach. In September, the service provider revealed it would not only expand three existing data centers, but also add two new ones in Seattle and Piscataway, N.J.

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