Lydia Leong

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Archives for September, 2008

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by Lydia Leong  |  September 26, 2008  |  Comments Off

My colleague Thomas Otter tagged me with a name a blog I like meme today. My two most frequently-read and (during the period when Gartner policy didn’t forbid it, and shortly, now that the policy has changed back to openness) most-commented-upon blogs are actually peripheral to my coverage area, and date back to my long-time […]

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Trion World gets a $70m C round

by Lydia Leong  |  September 24, 2008  |  Comments Off

MMOG developer and publisher Trion World Network just closed a $70 million Series C round, which brings its total raised since its inception in 2006 to over $100 million. This might seem like a staggering amount of money for a company with two games in development but none published yet. It’s trading on the name […]

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Who hosts Warhammer Online?

by Lydia Leong  |  September 23, 2008  |  Comments Off

With the recent launch of EA/Mythic‘s Warhammer Online MMORPG, comes my usual curiosity about who’s providing the infrastructure. Mythic has stated publicly that all of the US game servers are located in Virginia, near Mythic’s offices. A couple of traceroutes seem to indicate that they’re in Verizon, almost certainly in colocation (managed hosting is rare […]

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Oracle in the cloud… sort of

by Lydia Leong  |  September 23, 2008  |  Comments Off

Today’s keynote at Oracle World mentioned that Oracle’s coming to Amazon’s EC2 cloud. The bottom line is that you can now get some Oracle products, including the Oracle 11g database software, bundled as AMIs (Amazon machine images) for EC2 — i.e., ready-to-deploy — and you can license these products to run in the cloud. Any […]

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How not to video-enable your site

by Lydia Leong  |  September 19, 2008  |  3 Comments

Businesses everywhere are video-enabling their websites. Over the past year, I’ve handled a ton of inquiries from Gartner clients whose next iteration of their B2C websites included video. Given what I cover (Internet infrastructure), most of the queries I handled involved how to deliver that video in a cost-effective and high-performance way. Most enterprises hope […]


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Amazon gets into the CDN business

by Lydia Leong  |  September 18, 2008  |  Comments Off

Unsurprisingly, Amazon is getting into the CDN business. (They’re taking notification sign-ups but it’s still in private beta.) Content delivery is a natural complement to S3 and EC2. There’s already been use and abuse of S3 as a “ghetto CDN”, and at least one commercial hosting provider (Voxel) already offers a productized S3-based CDN. If […]

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The power of denial

by Lydia Leong  |  September 17, 2008  |  Comments Off

The power of denial is particularly relevant this week, as we live through the crisis that is currently gripping Wall Street. I’ve been an analyst for more than eight years, now, and during those years, I’ve seen some stunning examples of denial in action. From tightly held and untrue beliefs about the market and the […]

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The Cloud skills shift

by Lydia Leong  |  September 15, 2008  |  2 Comments

Something that I’ve been thinking about: The shift to global-class computing, and massively scalable infrastructure, represents a fundamental shift in the skill sets that will be valued in IT Operations. Those of you who, like myself, have worked at service providers in hyper-growth mode, are already familiar with what occurs when you need to grow […]


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Who hosts the ’08 election sites?

by Lydia Leong  |  September 13, 2008  |  Comments Off

The upcoming election in the United States is clearly the election of YouTube and social media. The websites of the presidential candidates are drawing substantial traffic — Nielsen Online estimates the week ending August 31st as 3.4 million unique visitors for Obama, and 1.8 million unique visitors for McCain (up from 524,000 the week before, […]

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by Lydia Leong  |  September 13, 2008  |  Comments Off

Welcome to my blog. My research interests are centered around Internet infrastructure and most recently, cloud computing. However, my pre-Gartner career was mostly spent in operations and engineering at service providers, so I’ve got a bunch of related interests, spanning systems, software, and the management of the people who deal with these things. I hope […]

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