Back in June/July of 2007, I went on a little rant across several blog posts about how Google was directly entering the "security" business and would eventually begin to offer more than just "secure" search functions, but instead the functional equivalent of "clean pipes" or what has now become popularized as safe "cloud computing."
I called it S^2aaS (Secure Software as a Service) ;) OK, so I'm not in marketing.
Besides the numerous initiatives by Google focused on adding more "security" to their primary business (search) the acquisition of GreenBorder really piqued my interest. Then came the Postini buyout.
To be honest, I just thought this was common sense and fit what I understood was the longer term business model of Google. To me it was writing on the wall. To others, it was just me rambling.
So in my post from last year titled "Tell Me Again How Google Isn't Entering the Security Market? GooglePOPs will Bring Clean Pipes..." I suggested the following:
In fact, I reckon that in the long term we'll see the evolution of the Google Toolbar morph into a much more intelligent and rich client-side security application proxy service whereby Google actually utilizes client-side security of the Toolbar paired with the GreenBorder browsing environment and tunnel/proxy all outgoing requests to GooglePOPs.
Google will, in fact, become a monster ASP. Note that I said ASP and not ISP. ISP is a commoditized function. Serving applications and content as close to the user as possible is fantastic. So pair all the client side goodness with security functions AND add GoogleApps and you've got what amounts to a thin client version of the Internet.
Now we see what Google's been up to with their announcement of Chrome (great writeup here,) which is their foray into the Browser market with an open source model with heaps of claimed security and privacy functions built in. But it's the bigger picture that's really telling.
Hullo! This isn't about the browser market! It's about the transition of how we're going to experience accessing our information; from where, what and how. Chrome is simply an illustration of a means to an end.
Take what I said above and pair it with what they say below...I don't think we're that far off, folks...
From Google's Blog explaining Chrome:
...we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.
Here come the GooglePipes being fed by the GooglePOPs, being... ;)