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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First, there was Gmail, a free email service. Then there was Google Voice, a free phone calling and voice mail service. Next came Google voice chat. And as of last August, they're all combined in the new Gmail-based phone calling service. Gmail users with the voice and video plug-in can call any phone right from their browser, through the Gmail chat function. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are free for now, and calls to other countries are about the cheapest around. This surely makes for some awkward moments when Google meets with its mobile carrier partners to discuss Android, companies that can expect to see their voice revenue decline if online telephony continues to appeal to 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.