Lydia Leong

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Archives for August, 2009


Are multiple cloud APIs bad?

by Lydia Leong  |  August 27, 2009  |  3 Comments

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 tools are ones that Rackspace has looked at and believes deserve highlighting; they’re not necessarily commercial projects, but Rackspace does have formal relationships with the [...]

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Amazon VPC is not a private cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  August 26, 2009  |  3 Comments

The various reactions to Amazon’s VPC announcement have been interesting to read. Earlier today, I summarized what VPC is and isn’t, but I realize, after reading the other reactions, that I should have been clearer on one thing: Amazon VPC is not a private cloud offering. It is a connectivity option for a public cloud. [...]

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Amazon VPC

by Lydia Leong  |  August 26, 2009  |  Comments Off

Today, Amazon announced a new enhancement to its EC2 compute service, called Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Amazon’s CTO, Werner Vogels, has, as usual, provided some useful thoughts on the release, accompanied by his thoughts on private clouds in general. And as always, the RightScale blog has a lucid explanation. So what, exactly, is VPC? VPC [...]

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Hype cycles

by Lydia Leong  |  August 24, 2009  |  5 Comments

I’ve recently contributed to a couple of our hype cycles. Gartner’s very first Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing features a whole array of cloud-related technologies and services. One of the most interesting things about this hype cycle, I think, is the sheer number of concepts that we believe will hit the plateau of productivity in [...]

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Cloud IaaS adoption survey

by Lydia Leong  |  August 23, 2009  |  Comments Off

My colleagues and I are planning to field a survey about cloud computing adoption (specifically, infrastructure as a service), both to assess current attitudes towards cloud IaaS as well as ask people about their adoption plans. The target respondents for the survey will be IT buyers. We have some questions that we know we want [...]

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The Magic Quadrant, Amazon, and confusion

by Lydia Leong  |  August 20, 2009  |  4 Comments

Despite my previous clarifying commentary on the Magic Quadrant for Web Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure Services (On Demand), posted when the MQ was published, and the text of the MQ itself, there continues to be confusion around the positioning of the vendors in the MQ. This is an attempt to clarify, in brief. This MQ [...]

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Cloudy inquiry trends

by Lydia Leong  |  August 19, 2009  |  2 Comments

I haven’t been posting much lately, due to being overwhelmingly busy with client inquiries, and having a few medical issues that have taken me out of the action somewhat. So, this is something of a catch-up, state-of-the-universe-from-my-perspective, inquiry-trends post. With the economy picking up a bit, and businesses starting to return to growth initiatives rather [...]

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