Barely out of the gate, new Yahoo CIO unveils infrastructure changes

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Yahoo recently appointed Mike Kail, who formerly worked at Netflix, as its new CIO and senior vice president of infrastructure. Barely out of the gate, Kail is ready to shake things up at the tech giant.

"Over the next few months, the former vice president of IT operations at streaming video provider Netflix Inc. wants to escalate the timeline for data center infrastructure deployment, with a focus on deploying commodity hardware efficiently and at scale," Steven Norton writes at the Wall Street Journal.

Kail, who's appointment was announced earlier this month, said he hopes to increase data center efficiency by revamping Yahoo's data center strategy, including shifting all the control and operations of the data centers under the company, and creating more cost-friendly--and environment-friendly--centers, according to the WSJ article.

Efficiency is key for Yahoo right now, as it aims to dramatically expand its services and content reach.

"Owning and operating our data centers is the centerpiece of our strategy at this point," and the plan is to consolidate and move away from co-leased or co-operated models" Kail told CIO Journal.

In addition to planning a data center reorganization, Kail has been busy in his new role meeting Yahoo employees and leaders throughout the world. Specifically, the WSJ notes that Kail has already met "six direct reports" and 1,000 employees. Not too shabby for barely two weeks in his new role.

For more:
- read the WSJ article

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