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Archives for December, 2011

Akamai buys Cotendo

by Lydia Leong  |  December 23, 2011  |  1 Comment

Akamai is acquiring Cotendo for a purchase price of $268 million, somewhat under the rumored $300 million that had been previously reported in the Israeli press. To judge from the stock price, the acquisition is being warmly received by investors (and for good reason). The acquisition only impacts the website delivery/acceleration portion of the CDN […]

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The challenge of hiring development teams

by Lydia Leong  |  December 17, 2011  |  Comments Off

A recent blog post on Forbes by Venkatesh Rao, The Rise of Developernomics, has ignited a lot of controversy around the concept that some developers are as much as 10x more productive than others. It’s not a new debate; the assertion that some developers are 20x more productive than others has been around forever, and […]

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Introducing the new Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud IaaS

by Lydia Leong  |  December 13, 2011  |  8 Comments

I’m happy to announce that the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service has been published. (Client-only link. Non-clients can read a reprint.) This is a brand-new Magic Quadrant; our previous Magic Quadrant has essentially been split into two MQs, this new Public Cloud IaaS MQ that focuses on self-service, and […]


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Five reasons you should work at Gartner with me

by Lydia Leong  |  December 12, 2011  |  6 Comments

Gartner is hiring again! We’ve got a number of open positions, actually, and somewhat flexible about how we use the headcount; we’re looking for great people and the jobs can adapt to some extent based on what they know. This also means we’re flexible on seniority level — anywhere from about five years of experience […]


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Beware misleading marketing of “private clouds”

by Lydia Leong  |  December 9, 2011  |  3 Comments

Many cloud IaaS providers have been struggling to articulate their differentiation for a while now, and many of them labor under the delusion that “not being Amazon” is differentiating. But it also tends to lead them into misleading marketing, especially when it comes to trying to label their multi-tenant cloud IaaS “private cloud IaaS”, to […]


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Cloud IaaS is not magical, and the Amazon reboot-a-thon

by Lydia Leong  |  December 7, 2011  |  1 Comment

Randy Bias has blogged about Amazon mandating instance reboots for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of instances (Amazon’s term for VMs). Affected instances seem to be scheduled for reboots over the next couple of weeks. Speculation is that the reboots are to patch a recently-reported vulnerability in the Xen hypervisor, which is the virtualization technology that underlies […]

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Cloud IaaS feature sets and target buyers

by Lydia Leong  |  December 2, 2011  |  2 Comments

As I noted previously, cloud IaaS is a lot more than just self-service VMs. As service providers strive to differentiate themselves from one another, they enter a software-development rat race centered around “what other features can we add to make our cloud more useful to customers”. However, cloud IaaS providers today have to deal with […]


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Performance can be a disruptive competitive advantage

by Lydia Leong  |  December 1, 2011  |  1 Comment

All of us are used to going to travel sites, especially for airline tickets, and waiting a while for the appropriate results to be extracted and displayed to us. I recently saw Google Flight Search for the first time and was astonished by its raw speed — essentially completely instant. I frequently talk to customers […]

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Cotendo’s potential acquisition

by Lydia Leong  |  December 1, 2011  |  Comments Off

Thus far, merger-watchers eyeing the rumored bidding for Cotendo seem to be asking: Why this high a valuation compared to the rest of the CDN industry? Who are the potential suitors and why? What if anything does Cotendo offer that other CDNs don’t? How do the various dynamic offerings in the market compare? Who else […]

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