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IBM SoftLayer, versus Amazon or versus Rackspace?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 12, 2013

Near the beginning of July, IBM closed its acquisition of SoftLayer (which I discussed in a previous blog post). A little over three months have passed since then, and IBM...

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Ecosystems in conflict - Amazon vs. VMware, and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  April 6, 2012

Citrix contributing CloudStack to the Apache Software Foundation isn't so much a shot at OpenStack (it just happens to get caught in the crossfire), as it's a shot against VMware....

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To become like a cloud provider, fire everyone here

by Lydia Leong  |  November 18, 2011

A recent client inquiry of mine involved a very large enterprise, who informed me that their executives had decided that IT should become more like a cloud provider -- like...

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Citrix buys Cloud.com

by Lydia Leong  |  August 11, 2011

(This is part of a series of "catch-up" posts of announcements that I've wanted to comment on but didn't previously find time to blog about.) Recently, Citrix acquired Cloud.com. The...

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Amazon's Free Usage Tier

by Lydia Leong  |  November 11, 2010

Amazon recently introduced a Free Usage Tier for its Web Services. Basically, you can try Amazon EC2, with a free micro-instance (specifically, enough hours to run such an instance full-time,...

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Rackspace and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  July 21, 2010

Rackspace is open-sourcing its cloud software -- Cloud Files and Cloud Servers -- and merging its codebase and roadmap with NASA's Nebula project (not to be confused with OpenNebula), in...

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The (temporary?) transformation of hosters

by Lydia Leong  |  March 18, 2010

Classically, hosting companies have been integrators of technology, not developers of technology. Yet the cloud world is increasingly pushing hosting companies into being software developers -- companies who create competitive...

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Are multiple cloud APIs bad?

by Lydia Leong  |  August 27, 2009

Rackspace has recently launched a community portal called Cloud Tools, showcasing third-party tools that support Rackspace's cloud compute and storage services. The tools are divided into "featured" and "community". Featured...

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Bits and pieces

by Lydia Leong  |  July 22, 2009

Interesting recent news: Amazon's revocation of Orwell novels on the Kindle has stirred up some cloud debate. There seems to have been a thread of "will this controversy kill cloud...

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Pricing transparency and CDNs

by Lydia Leong  |  December 22, 2008

It is possible that I am going to turn out to be mildly wrong about something. I predicted that neither Amazon's CloudFront CDN nor the comparable Rackspace/Limelight offering (Mosso Cloud...

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