Company Behind Snapchat Poaches Amazon Data Center Head

Jerry Hunter named VP of engineering at Snap, a key Google cloud customer

Yevgeniy Sverdlik

October 20, 2016

1 Min Read
Company Behind Snapchat Poaches Amazon Data Center Head
Snapchat app logo (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Snap, the company behind the popular social networking platform Snapchat, has hired Jerry Hunter, who has been responsible for Amazon data centers globally over the last six years.

The news was first reported by The Information, and Business Insider got a confirmation from Snap.

Snap is one of the major enterprise users Google cloud execs have been touting as part of their efforts to demonstrate the strength of the company’s cloud platform in the enterprise market.

It’s unclear whether Hunter’s appointment as VP of engineering means Snap is thinking of adding its own data centers to its infrastructure strategy.

Snapchat did recently launch Memories, a feature that allows users to store photos and videos. While this capability requires a lot of data center capacity, it does not necessarily mean Google couldn’t make it cost-effective for Snap to store all that media in Google data centers.

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