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Archives for March, 2009


OnLive game streaming

by Lydia Leong  |  March 26, 2009  |  Comments Off

OnLive debuted its gaming service at the Game Developers Conference in what was apparently a pretty impressive demonstration, to judge from the press and blogosphere buzz. Basically, OnLive will be running games on its server infrastructure, and then streams them live to users over the Internet, thus allowing users to play titles for multiple consoles, […]

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AWS in Eclipse, and Azure announcements

by Lydia Leong  |  March 25, 2009  |  1 Comment

Amazon’s announcement for today, with timing presumably associated with EclipseCon, is an AWS toolkit for the Eclipse IDE. Eclipse, which is an open-source project under the aegis of IBM (who also offers a commercial version), is one of the most popular IDEs (the other is Microsoft Visual Studio). Originally designed for Java applications, it has […]

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Gartner BCM summit pitches

by Lydia Leong  |  March 24, 2009  |  Comments Off

I’ve just finished writing one of my presentations for Gartner’s Business Continuity Management Summit. My pitch is focused upon looking at colocation as well as the future of cloud infrastructure for disaster recovery purposes. (My other pitch at the conference is on network resiliency.) When I started out to write this, I’d actually been expecting […]

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Research du jour

by Lydia Leong  |  March 19, 2009  |  Comments Off

My newest research notes are all collaborative efforts. Forecast: Sizing the Cloud; Understanding the Opportunities in Cloud Services. This is Gartner’s official take on cloud segmentation and forecasting through 2013. It was a large-team effort; my contribution was primarily on the compute services portion. Invest Insight: Content Delivery Network Arbitrage Increases Market Competition. This is […]

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Sun, IBM, and the cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  March 18, 2009  |  Comments Off

The morning’s hot rumor: IBM and Sun are in acquisition talks. The punditry is in full swing in the press. My mailbox here at work is filling rapidly with research-community discussion of the implications, too. (As if Cisco’s Unified Computing Strategy wasn’t creating enough controversy for the week.) Don’t let that buzz drown out Sun’s […]

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A little SourceForge frustration

by Lydia Leong  |  March 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

SourceForge puzzles me. I think it’s the combination of what is obviously eager effort to improve the site, and the fumbling to get the basics right. On the plus side, SourceForge recently made a very welcome addition — adding “hosted apps”, including WordPress and MediaWiki — as an option for all projects, for free. And […]

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Linkage du jour

by Lydia Leong  |  March 16, 2009  |  Comments Off

Tossing a few links out there… In the weekend’s biggest cloud news, Microsoft’s Azure was down for 22 hours. It’s now back up, with no root cause known. Geva Perry has posted a useful Zoho Sheet calculator for figuring out whether an Amazon EC2 reserved instance will save you money over an unreserved instance. Craig […]

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Google App Engine updates

by Lydia Leong  |  March 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

For those of you who haven’t been following Google’s updates to App Engine, I want to call your attention to a number of recent announcements. At the six-month point of the beta, I asked when App Engine would be enterprise-ready; now, as we come to almost the year mark, these announcements show the progress and […]

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Amazon announces reserved instances

by Lydia Leong  |  March 12, 2009  |  2 Comments

Amazon’s announcement du jour is “reserved instances” for EC2. Basically, with a reserved instance, you pay an up-front non-refundable fee for a one-year term or a three-year term. That buys you a discount on the usage fee for that instance, during that period of time. Reserved instances are only available for Unix flavors (i.e., no […]

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Launch of Cotendo, a new CDN / ADN

by Lydia Leong  |  March 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

Cotendo, a new CDN backed by VC heavyweights Sequoia Capital and Benchmark Capital, has launched. The technical founders are ex-Commtouch; the VPs of Ops and Marketing are ex-Limelight. Cotendo is positioning itself as a software company (rather than an infrastructure company, per the market shift I blogged about a few months ago), but it’s not […]

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