Understanding Agnilux, Google’s Latest Purchase

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by in Features, News

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agniluxlogoWho, or what, is Agnilux?

This is a serious question seeing as how Google has decided to purchase the company. Everyone knows that Google doesn’t just buy companies for sheer fun. There is very little known about Agnilux, but according to some sources they employ people previously in the server business, although they also have employees who were in TV. That’s interesting since Google has traditionally built their own servers using stock parts. As any network engineer would know, this is a bit surprising as most Fortune 500 companies buy their servers from companies like HP or Dell.

But not Google. They have been known for setting up their own hardware architecture, and many times CEO Eric Schmidt has talked about the fact that Google uses servers that are based on common PC hardware. Imagine the fact that they are able to do this, since they own and operate one of the largest network-capable services in the world. In essence they own the most proprietary network configuration out there today, but I’m sure they would prefer if you didn’t know that.

Mark Hayter, the chief operating officer at Agnilux, came from P.A. Semi (Palo Alto Semiconductor Company), which is a company that was purchased by Apple in 2008. This most likely indicates that P.A. Semi had some technology that was used in the iPad.

Ah yes, the iPad. Now can you see where I am going with this. Interestingly, Google has proclaimed that they only want to be the “pipes” for content, but at the same time, their actions here are speaking louder than words. Maybe it is a strategic move to thwart a purchase from Apple. But an acquisition like this has to make one think that Google knows in order to stay competitive that they will have to engage those who pursue innovative hardware solutions, much like they have been doing for quite some time.

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5 Responses to “Understanding Agnilux, Google’s Latest Purchase”

  1. Jack

    21. Apr, 2010

    I read every new article you post, and every one of them is great, except this one. Really confusing, fix up the grammar errors/duplicate sentences.

    Other than that, great article, and overall great site.

  2. Daniel Cawrey

    21. Apr, 2010

    Thanks for the comment, I have edited this post to make it a bit more clear. I do tend to have problems veering off of my main point so hopefully I have fixed that here.

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