- A regulatory filing revealed on Friday that GoDaddy’s chief technology officer and executive vice president of its cloud computing business group has resigned.
- Elissa Murphy is reportedly leaving for Google, though it is unclear what position she’ll take.
- Murphy filed her resignation on April 12, which will be effective on May 17, according to the filing.
It’s unclear whether Murphy’s departure will alter GoDaddy’s cloud strategy or what role she’ll serve at Google, though it’s likely to involve cloud and may be part of Google’s larger plan to boost its cloud business. But her exodus could have lasting negative impacts on GoDaddy's efforts to become a leader in cloud computing.
Last month, GoDaddy announced it would offer cloud services with Amazon-style features. The company said it would launch cloud servers and Bitnami-powered cloud applications designed to help individual developers, tech entrepreneurs and IT professionals quickly build, test and scale cloud solutions. The services are aimed at smaller businesses that want to move to the cloud.
Meanwhile, Google has been hard at work growing its enterprise cloud platform, which only had 4% of the enterprise cloud market share in 2015. In just the past few months, Google has managed to secure several major deals. Some attribute Google’s growing success in cloud to Diane Greene, Google’s head of cloud computing, who was hired last November. Greene, the former CEO and co-founder of VMware, has extensive experience working with corporate clients.