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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Google TV, a project backed by Google, Intel, Sony, and Logitech, puts the Android operating system and Chrome browser inside a Sony TV. The idea is to put Web browsing and TV viewing in the same box. The problem for the networks is that customers could watch the Web streaming versions of shows on their TVs without being exposed to broadcast TV's traditional advertising model; they might also be able to watch pirated content in the comfort of their living rooms. Because of these concerns, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Hulu, and Syfy have all blocked their online content from being accessed by Google TV. (Some other networks are still available.) The unknown factor is whether the arrival of Android apps that work on Google TV hardware will change the situation.
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.