Google has named Benjamin Fried chief information officer. Fried, had been a managing director at Morgan Stanley's Application Infrastructure group.
According to Fried's bio, it sounds like he'll fit in nicely. Fried worked on the original Web software by NSCA and CERN and worked on research for NASA. At Morgan Stanley he also learned a little bit about scale and redundancy--Wall Street runs on the corporate equivalent of a supercomputer.
From Fried's bio:
In 1994 I joined Morgan Stanley's technology department, where I am now a managing director. I run a group called Application Infrastructure. We are responsible for all technology for software development, electronic commerce and knowledge worker productivity: compilers, development environments, scm, build tools, vendor and in-house toolkits and frameworks for java, c++, and .net; in-house developed middleware, including real-time market data, soap messaging, high-speed pub-sub, and grid computing; testing; application hosting; configuration management, change management; application monitoring; all web and portal technologies and hosting, including the internet-facing infrastructure; document management, search, business intelligence, reporting systems, real-time and asynchronous collaboration tools: email, instant messaging, video conferencing, computer-telephony integration, web conferencing; and desktop productivity applications.