Lydia Leong

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Archives for December, 2010

Gartner is hiring!

by Lydia Leong  |  December 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

Gartner is hiring cloud experts! We’re going to be hiring two analysts who are based in Europe. They’ll cover cloud computing and networking — specifically, they’ll be European counterparts to myself and Ted Chamberlin. That means we’re looking for people who know cloud IaaS, hosting and colocation, and, if possible, have some background in networking […]

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Cloud adoption and polling

by Lydia Leong  |  December 10, 2010  |  2 Comments

I’m pondering my poll results from the Gartner data center conference, and trying to understand the discontinuities. I spoke at two sessions at the conference. One was higher level and more strategic, called “Is Amazon or VMware the Future of Your Data Center?” The other was very focused and practical, called “Getting Real with Cloud […]


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EdgeCast joins the ADN fray

by Lydia Leong  |  December 10, 2010  |  1 Comment

EdgeCast has announced the beta of its new application delivery network service. For those of you who are CDN-watchers, that means it’s leaping into the fray with Akamai (Dynamic Site Accelerator and Web Application Accelerator, bundles where DSA is B2C and WAA is B2B), Cotendo’s DSA, and CDNetworks’s Dynamic Web Acceleration. EdgeCast’s technology is another […]

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Just enough privacy

by Lydia Leong  |  December 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

For a while now, I’ve been talking to Gartner clients about what concerns keep them off public cloud infrastructure, and the diminishing differences between private and public cloud from service providers. I’ve been testing a thesis with our clients for some time, and I’ve been talking to people here at Gartner’s data center conference about […]

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Observations from the Gartner data center conference

by Lydia Leong  |  December 8, 2010  |  1 Comment

I’m at Gartner’s Data Center Conference this week, and I’m finding it to be an interesting contrast to our recent Application Architecture, Development, and Integration Summit. AADI’s primary attendees are enterprise architects and other people who hold leadership roles in applications development. The data center conference’s primary attendees are IT operations directors and others with […]

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What does the cloud mean to you?

by Lydia Leong  |  December 6, 2010  |  1 Comment

My Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting is done. The last week has been spent in discussion with service providers over their positioning and the positioning of their competitors and the whys and wherefores and whatnots. That has proven to be remarkably interesting this year, because it’s been full of […]

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Designing to fail

by Lydia Leong  |  December 3, 2010  |  4 Comments

Cloud-savvy application architects don’t do things the same way that they’re done in the traditional enterprise. Cloud applications assume failure. That is, well-architected cloud applications assume that just about anything can fail. Servers fail. Storage fails. Networks fail. Other application components fail. Cloud applications are designed to be resilient to failure, and they are designed […]


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