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Archives for February, 2011


Open invite for public cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant

by Lydia Leong  |  February 17, 2011  |  1 Comment

As I alluded to in some earlier posts, we are doing a mid-year Magic Quadrant for public cloud IaaS. Specifically, this is for multi-tenant, on-demand, self-provisioned, compute services (with associated storage, networking, etc.). That would be services like Amazon EC2 and Terremark Enterprise Cloud. The intended context is virtual data center services — i.e., environments [...]

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Gartner’s cloud computing surveys

by Lydia Leong  |  February 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

My colleague Jim Browning, who is focused on SMB research, has just published a survey of mid-sized businesses in North America. If you’re a vendor client, I encourage you to check out his Survey Analysis: North American Midsize Businesses Cite Cloud Intentions. Also, I want to draw your attention to some research that you might [...]

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Is early consolidation bad for cloud innovation?

by Lydia Leong  |  February 8, 2011  |  1 Comment

So, we’ve just seen Verizon buy Terremark and Time Warner Cable buy NaviSite. All contemplation of the deals themselves aside, is consolidation at this stage of the market good for the progress of the cloud IaaS market? I’m inclined to think not. We are still pretty early in the cloud IaaS market. While most service [...]

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Watch the rhetoric

by Lydia Leong  |  February 4, 2011  |  1 Comment

A number of years, an executive at a vendor made a very honest and very funny comment to me during a briefing. The gist of it was this: For years, they’d disdained the technologies that Generation X was interested in — Linux, open source, and so forth. They had, in fact, been generally contemptuous of [...]

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Amazon Simple Email Service

by Lydia Leong  |  February 3, 2011  |  1 Comment

Last week, Amazon launched its Simple Email Service (SES). SES is an outbound SMTP service, accessible via API or easily integrated into common SMTP servers (Amazon provides instructions for sendmail and postfix). It has built-in rate-limiting and feedback loop statistics (rejected, bounced, complaints). It’s $0.10 per thousand messages. EC2 customers get 2000 messages for free [...]

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Time Warner Cable acquires NaviSite

by Lydia Leong  |  February 1, 2011  |  1 Comment

The dominos continue to fall: Time Warner Cable is acquiring NaviSite, for a total equity value of around $230 million. By contrast, Verizon bought Terremark at a valuation of $1.4 billion. Terremark had about $325m in 2010 revenues; NaviSite had about $120m. So given that the two companies do substantially similar things — NaviSite has [...]

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Verizon buys Terremark

by Lydia Leong  |  February 1, 2011  |  1 Comment

A couple of days ago, Verizon bid to acquire Terremark, for a total equity value of $1.4 billion. My colleague Ted Chamberlin and I are issuing a First Take on the event to Gartner clients; if you’re looking for advice and the official Gartner position, you’ll want to read that. This blog post is just [...]

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