Google and the Wisdom of Clouds

One of Google’s advantages in looking into the future is that it owns the server capacity and search systems to allow it to do so far more easily than any of its competitors. Google also actively encourages its own staff to innovate. This article from Business Week, December 13th 2007 recounts the development of Google Clouds.

These clouds are formed by using masses of computers interlinked, rather than single super-computers, to explore issues of all kinds. Linking means scale-ability and one of the things it delivers is massive computer capacity for small start-ups. Start-ups as small as OTB!

It’s written as narrative and is a clear backgrounder to a system that is manifestly set to change the opportunities available to us on the internet.


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