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November 18, 2005

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Walter Lounsbery

I went and read the article. As I like what you and Robert X. write, I'll try not to be snarky, even if Robert X.'s article leaves an enormous credibility gap.

These Internet Content Server bombs are just that. They are concentrated masses of capital expenditure that will be obsolete two years after they are deployed. Frankly, this is some gadget guru's wet dream gone horribly wrong.

And the whole idea ignores currently deployed equipment that all the major players have. Is it so woefully inadequate that Google will do a quantum leap on everyone else? Robert X. did not really establish that key point.

I really love the hook about the cordoned area in the parking garage. I understand the TV series "Alias" puts most of their scenes in that garage ;-)

We are certainly living in exciting times in software. I just hope the big players aren't paying too much attention to fiction when the facts are exciting enough.

John

And since Google has hired engineers who worked on Firefox, they could introduce a browser that can more easily route traffic over this private "Internet," providing faster more reliable service for Google products.

It can also server as the carrier for certain bandwidth-heavy or security-intensive products that should not run on the public Internet (instead, you'd only have to reach the edge of Google's private "Internet").

Jeff Tash

See my blog posting entitled: "Rail Roads versus Car Roads":
(http://itscout.blogspot.com/2005/11/rail-roads-versus-car-roads.html)

What if we had free public Internet highways instead of fee-based private Internet service providers?

Broadband is an abundant resource. It used to be a scarcity. Sea changes of this magnitude always require major paradigm shifts.

Dan Ciruli

I posted a while ago about Google's partnership with Sun. While many people were wondering if it meant that they were going to release StarOffice as a service, I wondered something else: if they were going to take advantage of Google's network and Sun's expertise selling CPU time by the hour and create the world's largest grid-for-hire. (see http://westcoastgrid.blogspot.com/2005/10/not-done-googling-after-all.html)

Tom Stefano

When Google acquires small innovative companies such as writely.com, they are not doing so in my opinion to compete with Microsoft, rather to create more buzz about the company, and remember 2% increase in their stock price due to buzz means hundreds of millions of dollars of market cap, even if the product remains free and in beta for years to come.

When Google says they are buying dark fiber and when their job postings says they need experienced people who have negotiated dark fiber deals before; this is a sign of buzz even if they bought so much of it.

Now let’s say that they actually have lots of unused fiber, what could they do with it?
Google will use this to keep track of the growing web, which will be ten times bigger in few years as well as offer rich multimedia content.

Google in my opinion will be the database and storage system of choice for all the SaaS (software-as-a-service) vendors. While you might get your CRM from Salesforce, Netsuite or Salesboom.com, the actual data will be hosted on Google’s network. The latest nasty outages we have seen at salesforce suggest that if the data was hosted at google, and the software service at the CRM vendor, the affected companies most likely would’ve had access to their data.

I am not suggesting Google never goes down, because they too had outages in the past, but if one company in the world has the most resources and vested interest to be up all the time; it is Google.

The partnership with Sun could mean just that; but it also could be just fiction.

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