Lydia Leong

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Archives for January, 2010


Cloudkick launches a commercial service

by Lydia Leong  |  January 27, 2010  |  1 Comment

Cloudkick, a start-up which has been offering free multi-cloud management and monitoring services in preview (and which is the originator and sponsor of the open-source libcloud project), has launched its commercial offering. Quite a bit has been written about Cloudkick in other venues, so I’ll offer a musing of a different sort: I am contemplating [...]

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Cloud ecosystems for small businesses

by Lydia Leong  |  January 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

As I’ve been predicting for a while, Microsoft and Intuit have joined forces around Quickbooks and Azure: Microsoft and Intuit announced that Intuit would name Microsoft’s Windows Azure as the preferred platform for cloud app development on its Intuit Partner Platform. This is an eminently logical partnership. MSDN developers, are a critical channel for reaching [...]

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VMware buys Zimbra

by Lydia Leong  |  January 13, 2010  |  1 Comment

Hot on the heels of a day of rumors, VMware announced the acquisition of Zimbra, the open-source email platform vendor previously purchased (and up until now, still owned by) Yahoo!. It’s a somewhat puzzling acquisition. Its key strategic thrust seems to be enabling the service provider ecosystem. Most service providers (i.e., hosters) already offer email [...]

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Gmail, Macquarie, and US regulation

by Lydia Leong  |  January 12, 2010  |  6 Comments

Google continues to successfully push Gmail into higher education, in an Australian deal with Macquarie University. (Microsoft is its primary competitor in this market, but for Microsoft, most such Live@edu represent cannibalization of their higher ed Exchange base.) That, by itself, isn’t a particularly interesting announcement. Email SaaS is a huge trend, and the low-cost [...]

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Savvis CEO Phil Koen resigns

by Lydia Leong  |  January 11, 2010  |  5 Comments

Savvis announced the resignation of CEO Phil Koen on Friday, citing a “joint decision” between Koen and the board of directors. This was clearly not a planned event, and it’s interesting, coming at the end of a year in which Savvis’s stock has performed pretty well (it’s up 96% over last year, although the last [...]

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The next round-up of links

by Lydia Leong  |  January 7, 2010  |  Comments Off

Renesys has posted its yearly ranking of Internet transit providers. For anyone interested in understanding how transit volumes across various networks are changing, this should be very interesting data. Ryan Kearney’s Comparing CDN Performance is an interesting overview of cloud CDNs. His methodology is flawed by the limited number of locations he’s testing from, but [...]

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The last quarter in review

by Lydia Leong  |  January 6, 2010  |  Comments Off

The end of 2009 was extraordinarily busy, and that’s meant that, shamefully, I haven’t posted to my blog in ages. I aim to try to return to near-daily posting in 2010, but this means creating time in my schedule to think and research and write, rather than being entirely consumed by client inquiry. December was [...]

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