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Archives for August, 2011

The Global Internet Speedup Initiative

by Lydia Leong  |  August 31, 2011  |  Comments Off

The rather prosaically-named, if accurately and precisely named, IETF draft specification, “Client Subnet in DNS Requests” (“edns-client-subnet”), has gotten some breathless marketing spin as the Global Internet Speedup Inititative. I blogged about this about a year and a half ago: “Google’s DNS protocol extension and CDNs“. See that post for a deeper analysis. (I also […]

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VMware vCloud Global Connect and commoditization

by Lydia Leong  |  August 29, 2011  |  2 Comments

At VMworld, VMware has announced vCloud Global Connect, a federation between vCloud Datacenter Provider partners. My colleague Kyle Hilgendorf has written a good analysis, but I wanted to offer a few thoughts on this as well. The initial partners for the announcement are Bluelock (US, based in Indianapolis), SingTel (Singapore), and SoftBank Telecom (Japan). Notably, […]


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Recent research notes

by Lydia Leong  |  August 26, 2011  |  Comments Off

This is just a quick call-out to draw your attention to the research that I’ve published recently. Do You Have a Business Case for a Top-Level Domain? I blogged previously on this topic, and this research note, done with my colleague Ray Valdes (whose coverage includes online user experience), dives deeply into consideration of the […]

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What makes Akamai sticky?

by Lydia Leong  |  August 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

There’s one thing in particular that tends to make Akamai customers “sticky” — the amount the customer uses professional services. The more professional services a customer consumes from Akamai, the less likely it is they’ll ever switch CDNs. In short: The more of a pain it’s been for them to integrate with Akamai’s CDN (usually […]

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OpenStack, community, and commercialization

by Lydia Leong  |  August 15, 2011  |  7 Comments

I wrote, the other day, about Citrix buying, and I realized I forgot to make an important point about OpenStack versus the various commercial vendors vying for the cloud-building market; it’s worthy of a post on its own. OpenStack is designed by the community, which is to say that it’s largely designed by committee, […]


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Cloud IaaS coverage at Gartner

by Lydia Leong  |  August 12, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’ve got a pair of new European colleagues, and I thought I’d take a moment to introduce, on my blog, the folks who cover public cloud infrastructure as a service here at Gartner, and to answer a common question about the way we cover the space here. There are three groups of analysts here at […]

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Citrix buys

by Lydia Leong  |  August 11, 2011  |  1 Comment

(This is part of a series of “catch-up” posts of announcements that I’ve wanted to comment on but didn’t previously find time to blog about.) Recently, Citrix acquired The purchase price was reported to be in the $200m+ vicinity — around 100x revenues. (Even in this current run of outsized valuations, that’s a rather […]

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Riverbed acquires Zeus and Aptimize

by Lydia Leong  |  August 8, 2011  |  Comments Off

(This is part of a series of “catch-up” posts of announcements that I’ve wanted to comment on but didn’t previously find time to blog about.) Riverbed made two interesting acquisitions recently, which I think signal a clear intention to be more than just a traditional WAN optimization controller (WOC) vendor — Zeus, and Aptimize. If […]

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Amazon and Equinix partner for Direct Connect

by Lydia Leong  |  August 7, 2011  |  Comments Off

Amazon has introduced a new connectivity option called AWS Direct Connect. In plain speak, Direct Connect allows an Amazon customer to get a cross-connect between his own network equipment and Amazon’s, in some location where the two companies are physically colocated. In even plainer speak, if you’re an Equinix colocation customer in their Ashburn, Virginia […]

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How to get a meeting with me at VMworld

by Lydia Leong  |  August 7, 2011  |  Comments Off

I will be at VMworld in Las Vegas this year. If you’re interested in meeting with me during VMworld, please do the following: Gartner clients and current prospects: Please contact your Gartner account executive to have them set up a meeting (they can use a Gartner internal system called WhereRU to schedule it). I’ve set […]

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