Lydia Leong

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Archives for April, 2011

Huawei’s cloud computing ambitions

by Lydia Leong  |  April 29, 2011  |  3 Comments

I was recently in China, visiting Gartner clients and prospects in Beijing and Shanghai, and attending Huawei’s analyst summit. Why Huawei? I am an analyst covering services, after all, not equipment. But the hardware and software vendors that enable the cloud — the entirety of the ecosystem, so to speak — has become more and […]


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What CenturyLink is Getting with Savvis

by Lydia Leong  |  April 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

I scribbled off a quick blog post on the CenturyLink acquisition of Savvis but didn’t have time to delve into it in detail at the time. This is a bit of a follow-up. Savvis has three core businesses: Coloation: Savvis has carrier-diverse (though not strictly-speaking carrier neutral), high-quality colocation in data centers around the world. […]

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CenturyLink buys Savvis

by Lydia Leong  |  April 27, 2011  |  1 Comment

Ever since Verizon bought Terremark, and Time Warner Cable bought NaviSite earlier this year, people have speculated about the fate of Savvis. Well, today we know: CenturyLink is buying Savvis. CenturyLink is a carrier, which rolled up a lot of rural telco assets before going on to digest Qwest. Acquiring Savvis signals its cloud computing […]

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Why transparency matters in the cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  April 24, 2011  |  2 Comments

A number of people have asked if the advice that Gartner is giving to clients about the cloud, or about Amazon, has changed as a result of Amazon’s outage. The answer is no, it hasn’t. In a nutshell: 1. Every cloud IaaS provider should be evaluated individually. They’re all different, even if they seem to […]


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Amazon outage and the auto-immune vulnerabilities of resiliency

by Lydia Leong  |  April 21, 2011  |  20 Comments

Today is Judgment Day, when Skynet becomes self-aware. It is, apparently, also a very, very bad day for Amazon Web Services. Lots of people have raised questions today about what Amazon’s difficulties today mean for the future of cloud IaaS. My belief is that this doesn’t do anything to the adoption curve — but I […]


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Cloud as a Business Executive Forum

by Lydia Leong  |  April 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

On Wednesday, April 13th, I will be speaking at Joyent’s Cloud as a Business Executive Forum, an all-day event that they’re holding at the Le Meridien Hotel in San Francisco. I’ll be delivering a presentation on the cloud computing opportunity for service providers, as follows: Service providers face unprecedented opportunity to grow their revenues and […]

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