PeakStream makes systems designed to run on both computer workstations and computer servers, which are used to manage network services.
PeakStream’s website (www.peakstreaminc.com) has already been shut down, so there is limited information about the company available. But according to the reuters.com article, a cached version of the website found through a Google search reports:
PeakStream offers the first commercially available software application platform to help technicians program high performance, multi-core and parallel processing machines.
Google, with its sheer growth and usage, obviously needs as much support as it can get for its worldwide datacenters. Protecting and enhancing datacenter performance is a core issue as more advertisers and users pile on and more websites are indexed each day. Unlike other acquisitions or investments Google has made lately, I do see this one as a legitimate reinforcement to the search backbone that has been the core to Google’s success.