Lydia Leong

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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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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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Common service provider myths about cloud infrastructure

by Lydia Leong  |  November 9, 2011  |  Comments Off

We’re currently in the midst of agenda planning for 2012, which is a fancy way to say that we’re trying to figure out what we’re going to write next year. Probably to the despair of my managers, I am almost totally a spontaneous writer, who sits down on a plane and happens to write a [...]

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Akamai and Riverbed partner on SaaS delivery

by Lydia Leong  |  May 15, 2011  |  2 Comments

Akamai and Riverbed have signed a significant partnership deal to jointly develop solutions that combine Internet acceleration with WAN optimization. The two companies will be incorporating each other’s technologies into their platforms; this is a deep partnership with significant joint engineering, and it is probably the most significant partnership that Akamai has done to date. [...]

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ICANN and DNS

by Lydia Leong  |  June 24, 2009  |  1 Comment

ICANN has been on the soapbox on the topic of DNS recently, encouraging DNSSEC adoption, and taking a stand against top-level domain (TLD) redirection of DNS inquiries. The DNS error resolution market — usually manifesting itself as the display of an advertising-festooned Web page when a user tries to browse to a non-existent domain — [...]

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Identity overflow

by Lydia Leong  |  February 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

Back in 2005, my colleague Monica Basso and I wrote a research note titled, “Wide Array of Communications Overwhelms Users“. In it, we pointed out that the proliferation of communication mechanisms and the complex intermixing of personal and business communications would become increasingly unmanageable. Until a few months ago, Gartner had a policy that disallowed [...]

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Ranking of ISPs

by Lydia Leong  |  December 18, 2008  |  Comments Off

Datahounds might be interested in the Renesys ISP rankings for 2008. Renesys is a company that specializes in collecting data about the Internet, focused upon the peering ecosystem. Its rankings are essentially a matter of size — how much IP address space ends up transiting each provider? Among the interesting data points: Level 3 has [...]

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Who hosts Warhammer Online?

by Lydia Leong  |  September 23, 2008  |  Comments Off

With the recent launch of EA/Mythic‘s Warhammer Online MMORPG, comes my usual curiosity about who’s providing the infrastructure. Mythic has stated publicly that all of the US game servers are located in Virginia, near Mythic’s offices. A couple of traceroutes seem to indicate that they’re in Verizon, almost certainly in colocation (managed hosting is rare [...]

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