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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Not everything Google touched this year turned to gold. At the beginning of the year, the company introduced its own Android smartphone, the Nexus One, manufactured by HTC Corporation. The device came in T-Mobile and AT&T versions as well as an unlocked one that could run on other networks. Sales were disappointing, though, maybe because the unlocked handset cost more than $500, maybe because of reports of glitches caused by Android updates, maybe because the carriers didn't push it strongly. In July, Google announced they wouldn't be making any more of the phones. Except that the company did, with the help of Samsung, and the Nexus Two is pretty sharp.
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.