Google may be the company of the decade -- the previous one, if not the next one. As such, its actions are closely scrutinized, and its steps and missteps make news. What started as a search engine is now a company that's shaping our technological future, with initiatives in mobile phones, tablet and netbook computing, telephony, and TV. Unburdened by decades of legacy tech and customer expectations, it's proven more nimble at exploiting new niches than its competitors. From successful forays in
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The Chrome operating system (not to be confused with the Chrome browser) has a very specific target market: people who primarily use their computers to surf the Web and read email. Google happens to think that companies have a lot of such people in their employ. But it remains to be seen whether the Web and Web apps are enough for those who have grown up working with traditional computers. The OS is supposed to start up and get the user online quickly. Much of the OS's story in 2010 has been teasers, though. Google posted images and videos of theoretical Chrome implementations, but didn't actually release a piece of hardware until December, and then only as a test model to a few users.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.