Lydia Leong

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AWS 2Q14 and why the sky is not falling

by Lydia Leong  |  July 28, 2014  |  7 Comments

Amazon posted weaker 2Q 2014 results for Amazon Web Services, leading some to speculate about competitive pressures despite continued enormous growth in usage. Investors are asking, probably reasonably, what’s going on here. Is the overall market for cloud computing weakening? Are competitors taking more market share? Or is this largely the result of the price […]


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IBM SoftLayer, versus Amazon or versus Rackspace?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 12, 2013  |  1 Comment

Near the beginning of July, IBM closed its acquisition of SoftLayer (which I discussed in a previous blog post). A little over three months have passed since then, and IBM has announced the addition of more than 1,500 customers, the elimination of SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE, IBM’s cloud IaaS offering), and went on the offensive against […]

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No world of two clouds

by Lydia Leong  |  September 6, 2013  |  3 Comments

Massimo Re Ferre’ recently posted some thoughts as a follow-up to his talk at VMworld, about vCHS vs. AWS. That led to a Twitter exchange that made me think that I should highlight a viewpoint of mine: I do not believe in a “world of two clouds”, where there are cloud IaaS offerings that are […]


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Where are the challengers to AWS?

by Lydia Leong  |  September 5, 2013  |  2 Comments

This is part of 2 of my response to Bernard Golden’s recent blog post in response to my announcement of Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS. (Part 1 was posted yesterday.) Bernard: “What skill or insight has allowed AWS to create an offering so superior to others in the market?” AWS takes a […]


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Cloud IaaS market share and the developer-centric world

by Lydia Leong  |  September 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

Bernard Golden recently wrote a blog post in response to my announcement of Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS. He raised a number of good questions that I thought it would be useful to address. This is part 1 of my response. (See part 2 for more.) (Broadly, as a matter of Gartner […]

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Servers are cheap, talent is expensive

by Lydia Leong  |  August 24, 2012  |  1 Comment

Of late, I’ve been talking to Amazon customers who are saying, you know, AWS gives us a ton of benefits, it makes a lot of things easy and fast that used to be hard, but in the end, we could do this ourselves, and probably do it at comparable cost or a cost that isn’t […]

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Amazon CloudFront gets whole site delivery and acceleration

by Lydia Leong  |  May 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

For months, there have been an abundance of rumors that Amazon was intending to enter the dynamic site acceleration market; it was the logical next step for its CloudFront CDN. Today, Amazon released a set of features oriented towards dynamic content, described in blog posts from Amazon’s Jeff Barr and Werner Vogels. When CloudFront introduced […]

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Do Amazon’s APIs matter?

by Lydia Leong  |  April 7, 2012  |  Comments Off

For those who have been wondering where I personally stand in the brouhaha over Amazon, Citrix, Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Rackspace, HP, and so on, along with the broader competitive market that includes VMware, Microsoft, and the Four Horsemen of management tools… I should state up-front that I hold the optimistic viewpoint that I want everyone […]

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Ecosystems in conflict – Amazon vs. VMware, and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  April 6, 2012  |  16 Comments

Citrix contributing CloudStack to the Apache Software Foundation isn’t so much a shot at OpenStack (it just happens to get caught in the crossfire), as it’s a shot against VMware. There are two primary ecosystems developing in the world: VMware and Amazon. Other possibilities, like Microsoft and OpenStack, are completely secondary to those two. You […]


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The Amazon-Eucalyptus partnership

by Lydia Leong  |  April 2, 2012  |  1 Comment

Eucalyptus, a commercial open-source cloud management platform (“CMP”, software used to build cloud infrastructure), recently announced that it had signed a partnership with Amazon. Eucalyptus began life as a university project to build a CMP that would create Amazon-API-compatible cloud infrastructure, but eventually turned into a commercial effort. However, like all other CMPs offering Amazon […]

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