The Learning Curve

New tricks for an old dog.

Why nobody will ever catch up with Google . . .

Once upon a time building a better search engine was a simple (!) matter of devising a better algorithm.  Those days are long gone.  The other more difficult part of the equation for search engine success is the number of networked hard drives you can afford.  It is a sobering thought for any company that wishes to challenge Google’s dominant place in the search engine hierarchy. 

Who can afford to match Google’s investment in hardware and data centers?

I recently read that Google’s search indexes and page caches occupy about 100 million gigabytes, and that’s a tough nut for anyone to crack.  Google’s new indexing methodology introduced earlier this summer is called Caffeine, and it is amazingly fast.


Written by Tom Fox

08/18/2010 at 11:40 am

Posted in Google, Google search

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