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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Ever since Google established Google China to serve the world's most populous country, there have been strains in the relationship. The Chinese government, for one, frequently blocks its citizens' access to Google sites, including YouTube. In January of 2010, Google and other U.S. tech companies experienced a security breach that was traced to China. That led to a series of cat-and-mouse moves: Google threatened to pull out of China and redirected China-based searches to Google Hong Kong, avoiding the government censors, followed by China blocking Google searches on the mainland altogether. In 2011, Google will have to decide whether to apply for a map service permit from Chinese authorities.
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.