Business 2.0 :: Online Article :: Working Tech :: Clearer Skies for Sun?: "Though both companies remain mum on exactly what hardware Google will purchase, it doesn't take a genius to conclude that Google must be interested in Sun's newest servers. Bechtolsheim was Google's first investor, so he's familiar with the search engine's growing computing needs, and Schmidt was Sun's former chief technology officer, so he actually helped build the server and is quite familiar with its capabilities.
In Google?s early days, company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin hand-built their servers from off-the-shelf parts, an approach that saved them money but is apparently proving difficult to scale, especially as Google adds new features like serving up online video. (At the press conference, Schmidt revealed that Google has already been buying servers from Sun.) The company probably will continue to build strategic partnerships with key vendors like Sun to keep costs low, especially as its computational demands continue to grow. "