Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Send that snap to win this offer!

Taking snaps off your cell phone is no longer a personal pass-time. It can form the basis of next generation business transaction and consumer relationships.

Google's Death Foretold

While I was still enjoying the story/prediction/speculation) about 'How Will Google Grow', Jack Shafer wrote about 'How Will Google Die'.
"Having plunged into too many businesses at once, Google had become distracted. Regulators throttled its local Wi-Fi initiative. Its plan to build out ad-supported computer services?word processors, spreadsheets, databases?for end users had died when Microsoft jumped in first with a superior polished suite. Google, as users of its desktop search had learned, wasn't good at writing client applications. Microsoft, now run by Scott Moore, who had defected back to the company from Yahoo!, continued to trump Google on the desktop and used its know-how and market muscle to write lingua franca search and communications software for all the smart devices, services, and nano-gizmos that people were plugging into the Web: phones, media players, medical monitors, life recorders, cars, houses, ships at sea, personal satellites, and USB-ready newborns as well as the Club Webs belonging to individuals and institutions."
One immediate error that I spotted out in Jack's piece was the fact that he is 'assuming' that other will be able to come up with technology and infrastructure to offer scalable and smart network services that Google is currently offering. As I said earlier, there is a set of magic technologies that Google is sitting on. Unless we have 20% to 30% of current Google employees out in the market with some competitors - and Google technologies making their way out in the public/commons domain, most of it will remain close to Google's chest and to me, this is the minimum amount of time Google will keep on ruling the net (and may I say, the World)!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Google Data Center, Coming to an NLC container near you!

Even if it is pure fiction, it cannot get any more entertaining than that:

"The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We're talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid."


The entire article is a bliss specially the calculation of how one can 'buy' the entire internet for just $1 billion (given they know the magic mairaid of technologies that Google is sitting on - don't miss the slide s on datacenter, GFS Google File System and other insights).

The next uber-fiction-based service that I can think of is Google offering total-end-to-end outsourced egovernement facilties to (to begin with) third-world countries! Why would dictators and rotten-to-the-core govenments would be interested is such a service is of course a big questions.