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Link of the Week - Deutsche Welle


Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster: online, on-screen and over the air. It provides a European perspective to audiences around the world and promotes intercultural dialogue. Image courtesy Deutsche Welle

The man who founded Sun Microsystems and wrote the first check for a start-up called Google now wants to build 100-gigabit switches for the huge data centers of the looming cloud.

Andreas von Bechtolsheim explained his reasoning, saying: “Historically, people literally had to buy a computer to then use the program or the application they wanted for the business, payroll, database and so on. In the future, all of these applications will run just on the web in some big remote data centers located in the places of the world where the power is cheapest and the user only needs a browser on the laptop or on the mobile phone to access these applications.”

To find out more, check out what he told Deutsche Welle, our Link of the Week.

As for Google, he said: “I invested in (it) to solve my own problem — which was how to find information on the internet, which in 1998 was actually a very difficult thing to do . . . I just thought good search was really, really important, but I have to admit I underestimated the potential . . . ”

Dan Drollette, iSGTW

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