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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People voluntarily entrust Google with a lot of information -- contents of their emails, their contact names, their search habits -- but nobody wants the company to be snooping without permission. Last May, though, word got out that Google's Street View cars -- the ones driving around taking photos for that Google Maps feature -- were also collecting data from people's unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Google claims the data collection was an accident, but various members of Congress, the FCC, and state attorneys general (as well as agencies in other countries) pilloried the company for failing to know what its software was doing and for violating various privacy laws. Google has taken steps to prevent further collection of unauthorized information, and regulators appear to be mostly satisfied, for now.
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.