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AWS Starting New Enterprise Unit

It is also trying to keep its $600 million contract to develop a private cloud for the CIA that IBM contested

Amazon Web Services is starting up a new unit focused on getting the Fortune 2000/mid-market segment to adopt its widgetry.

According to Network World, it has also raided VMware for the guy who's going to be its VP of worldwide commercial sales, Mike Clayville.

Clayville has been VP of product marketing for VMware's cloud infrastructure offerings for the last year having previously been VP of North American sales.

What's still unclear is whether Amazon means to chase after VMware's private cloud business while VMware tries to step on Amazon's toes and go into the public cloud business.

Back in March Business Insider had some research done based on LinkedIn data and found out that Amazon had hired 200 enterprise sales reps since 2011 when it had practically no enterprise sales people at all.

It is also trying to keep its $600 million contract to develop a private cloud for the CIA that IBM contested.

VMware, meanwhile, has turned into a virtual poachers' paradise.

In the last few weeks it has lost Tod Nielsen, the former head of its Cloud Foundry PaaS to Horoku, salesforce.com's PaaS unit; Jerry Chen, its former VP of cloud and application services, to Greylock Partners; Scott Munson, its director of global strategic alliances, to Red Hat, where's he's been named VP of global alliances; and its CMO Rick Jackson to Rackspace where he will do the same thing.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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