Lydia Leong

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Entries Tagged as 'hands-on'

Trialing a lot of cloud IaaS providers

by Lydia Leong  |  November 8, 2011  |  4 Comments

I’ve just finished writing the forthcoming Public Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant (except for some anticipated tweaks when particular providers come back with answers to some questions), which has twenty providers. Although Gartner normally doesn’t do hands-on evaluations, this MQ was an exception, because the easiest way to find out if a given service can do […]


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A little SourceForge frustration

by Lydia Leong  |  March 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

SourceForge puzzles me. I think it’s the combination of what is obviously eager effort to improve the site, and the fumbling to get the basics right. On the plus side, SourceForge recently made a very welcome addition — adding “hosted apps”, including WordPress and MediaWiki — as an option for all projects, for free. And […]

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Excerpt: The value, or not, of hands-on testing

by Lydia Leong  |  January 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. At Gartner, we generally do not do hands-on testing of products, with the exception of some folks who cover consumer devices and the like. Yet, the self-service nature of cloud computing makes it trivially cheap to do testing of these services, and without needing to involve the vendor. […]

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Excerpt: Touring Amazon’s management console

by Lydia Leong  |  January 10, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. The newly-released beta of Amazon’s management console is reasonably friendly, but it is not going to let your grandma run her own data center. I took a bit of a tour today. Although the interface is currently buggy, and finding docs on AWS continues to be a bit […]

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An initial Mosso foray

by Lydia Leong  |  November 26, 2008  |  6 Comments

I had an hour to kill today after a client didn’t show for a call… everyone’s taken off for T-day, I guess. Since Rackspace has a 30-day money-back guarantee on Mosso at the moment, along with a nice Thanksgiving discount making the first month just $20, I decided to sign up for an actual account, […]


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Mosso’s Cloud Files API

by Lydia Leong  |  November 25, 2008  |  1 Comment

I had some time to kill on a train today, and I amused myself by trying out the API for Cloud Files. I decided I’d build something mildly useful: a little shell-like wrapper and accompanying tools for dealing with Cloud Files from the command line. So I cranked out a quick “ls”-like utility and a […]

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