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Archives for January, 2011


Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk

by Lydia Leong  |  January 24, 2011  |  2 Comments

Amazon recently released a new offering called the Elastic Beanstalk. At its heart, it is a simplified interface to EC2 and its ancillary services (load-balancing, auto-scaling, and monitoring integrated with alerts), along with an Amazon-maintained AMI containing Linux and Apache Tomcat (an open source Java EE application server), and a deployment mechanism for a Java [...]

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Gartner is NOT dissing Amazon’s cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  January 16, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’ve now seen a number of press reports and some related writing, about the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastrucure as a Service and Web Hosting, that I feel mischaracterize statements made on the MQ in ways that they were certainly not intended to be taken, and in some cases, mischaracterize the nature of a Magic [...]

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Rackspace goes Akamai, Tata buys BitGravity

by Lydia Leong  |  January 14, 2011  |  1 Comment

A little change of pace today, back to some CDN market news… Rackspace forms a strategic alliance with Akamai. Today, Rackspace’s Cloud Files storage service is integrated with Limelight’s CDN. The new alliance means that Akamai will be replacing Limelight as the CDN, and some new features will be offered as the integration is done. [...]

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The cloud and customized contracts

by Lydia Leong  |  January 12, 2011  |  1 Comment

Continuing the ongoing debate about the Cloud IaaS and Web Hosting Magic Quadrant, Bob Warfield has made a blog post called “Gartner: The Cloud is Not a Contract“. I want to address a number of points he made in his post. I’m going to address them out of order, starting with the points that I [...]

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The cloud/hosting Magic Quadrant audience

by Lydia Leong  |  January 10, 2011  |  5 Comments

Simon Ellis over at LabSlice has posted a blog entry in which he notes that the recent Cloud IaaS and Web Hosting Magic Quadrant has, in his words, “an obvious bias towards delivering ‘enterprise’ cloud services“. He goes on to say, “Security, availability and professional services — Gartner is clearly responding to dot-points mentioned to [...]

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The process of a Magic Quadrant

by Lydia Leong  |  January 10, 2011  |  8 Comments

There’ve been a number of ongoing dialogues on Twitter, on Quora, and various people’s blogs about the Magic Quadrant. I thought, however, that it would be helpful to talk about the process of doing a Magic Quadrant, before I write another blog post that explains how we came to our current cloud-and-hosting MQ. We lay [...]

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Why cloud IaaS customers care about a colo option

by Lydia Leong  |  January 7, 2011  |  1 Comment

Ben Kepes has raised some perceived issues on the recent Cloud IaaS and Web Hosting Magic Quadrant, on his blog and on Quora. It seems to reflect some confusion that I want to address in public. Ben seems to think that the Magic Quadrant mixes colocation and cloud IaaS. It doesn’t, not in the least, [...]

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The impurity of cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  January 7, 2011  |  2 Comments

I’ve already agreed that people would find it useful to see a Magic Quadrant that is focused solely on a particular segment of the market — “pure” cloud IaaS. That’s why we’re going to be doing one in the middle of this year, as I noted previously. It’s also why our upcoming Critical Capabilities note, [...]

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Getting there from here

by Lydia Leong  |  January 7, 2011  |  1 Comment

Let me start by saying that I have drunk the cloud Kool-Aid. I am a believer in its transformative power, and in the business models that it is enabling. I believe that the IT world will look very different in 10 years, and the 5-year differences will be noticeable. I believe in the success stories [...]

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What’s cloud IaaS really about?

by Lydia Leong  |  January 5, 2011  |  4 Comments

As expected, the Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS and Web Hosting is stirring up much of the same debate that was raised with the publication of the 2009 MQ. Derrick Harris over at GigaOM thinks we got it wrong. He writes: Cloud IaaS is about letting users get what they need, when they need it [...]

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