...to Austin, anyway, in 2014...

 

So, Google disagrees somewhat with this guy:

[Austin’s] a mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities, as well as the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital. We’re sure these folks will do amazing things with gigabit access, and we feel very privileged to have been welcomed to their community. [source]

The word on the web is that Google is bringing Gigabit fiber to homes, schools, and other public facilities in Austin in 2014. Those of us who get to work at SolarWinds HQ, here in Austin, are, understandably, pretty stoked about it. My kids are pretty stoked, too: the talking blue train and the brunette adventurer can be beamed to our living rooms, superfast!!

 

Excellent.

 

But will this blessed bit delivery from the web gurus in Mountain View be the bandwidth management panacea we have all been seeking for so long?

 

Unfortunately, probably not, because, first, Google Fiber is set to only go, at least initially, to residences and public institutions. Austin should follow the Kansas City model, where Fiber service is available for homes in designated "fiberhoods", that are determined on the basis of expressed customer demand. Expansion to businesses is expected to follow, even though it hasn't yet in Kansas City and they've had service since last year. Second, it's not going in until mid-2014. Even if you're in Austin in 2014, you've got bandwidth issues, wherever you are, now. A firefighter's fatter hose next week in the next town over doesn't help the guy fighting a fire with a garden hose at your house today. That's right: you're that guy, with the garden hose, fighting a fire at your house, today.

 

Of course, we can help you. We may not be able to get you a fatter hose, but our network management solutions, namely SolarWinds NPM and SolarWinds NTA, can help you quickly identify network hotspots and bust up bandwidth bottlenecks. Yes, the Gigabits are coming to Kansas City, Austin, and, ultimately, elsewhere, but you've got plenty of Megabits and machines to manage now.  Let's get to it.