More than a decade ago, Google built a new foundation for its search engine. It was called the Google File System ? GFS, for short. But Google no longer uses GFS. Two years ago, the company moved its search to a new software foundation based on a revamped file system known as Colossus, and Urs H?lzle ? the man who oversees Google?s worldwide network of data centers ? tells Wired that Colossus now underpins virtually all of Google?s web services.
The second most popular web server on the planet no longer comes from Microsoft. It comes from NGINX. And now, the tiny Russian outfit wants to actually make some money from its widely popular open source server software. This week, the company announced that it’s now officially offering technical support and consulting services to businesses everywhere. In others words, if you sign a three- to twelve-month contract, the company will help you install and configure the NGINX web server — a means of hosting web sites — and when things go wrong, it help with that too.