Duane Barnes initially joined RapidScale (now a Cox Business Company) in 2016 as Director of Solutions Engineering and was charged with building out this team nationwide. By early 2017 Barnes was promoted to SVP of Technology, then to interim-CTO in January of 2020, and then promoted to COO in June of 2020. Barnes currently serves as the General Manager of the cloud and managed services business for Cox Communications, which includes the RapidScale and Logicworks acquisitions. In this role, he is responsible for Operations, Solutions Engineering, Software Engineering, Product Management, Compliance, Sales, Marketing, and Finance.
Mr. Barnes has over 20 years of experience working in IT focusing on enterprise data center and security services. Prior to his employment with RapidScale, Intelisys, Open-Xchange, and Windstream he held various leadership positions at MPInet, PowerOne Communications, and The Walt Disney Company. His expertise is in Complex Data Center Solutions and Managed Hosting Projects; Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Storage, Cloud Storage, SaaS, Networking, Disaster Recovery, Security, and VoIP. He currently holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, CompTIA, HP, and EMC. Mr. Barnes also holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Phoenix.