Lydia Leong

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Google Compute Engine goes GA

by Lydia Leong  |  December 3, 2013  |  10 Comments

Google Compute Engine (GCE) — Google’s cloud IaaS offering — is now in general availability, an announcement accompanied by a 10% price drop, new persistent disk (which should now pretty much always be used instead of scratch disk), and expanded OS support (though no Microsoft Windows yet). The announcement also highlights two things I wrote […]


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CenturyLink (Savvis) acquires Tier 3

by Lydia Leong  |  November 19, 2013  |  4 Comments

If you’re an investment banker or a vendor, and you’ve asked me in the last year, “Who should we buy?”, I’ve often pointed at enStratius (bought by Dell), ServiceMesh (bought by CSC last week), and Tier 3. So now I’m three for three, because CenturyLink just bought Tier 3, continuing its acquisition activity. CenturyLink is […]


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IBM buys SoftLayer

by Lydia Leong  |  June 4, 2013  |  7 Comments

It’s been a hot couple of weeks in the cloud infrastructure as a service space. Microsoft’s Azure IaaS (persistent VMs) came out of beta, Google Compute Engine went into public beta, VMware formally launched its public cloud (vCloud Hybrid Service), and Dell withdrew from the mark. Now, IBM is acquiring SoftLayer, with a deal size […]


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VMware joins the cloud wars with vCloud Hybrid Service

by Lydia Leong  |  May 21, 2013  |  4 Comments

Although this has been long-rumored, and then was formally mentioned in VMware’s recent investor day, VMware has only just formally announced the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), which is VMware’s foray into the public cloud IaaS market. VMware has previously had a strategy of being an arms dealer to service providers who wanted to offer cloud […]


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Dell withdraws from the public cloud IaaS market

by Lydia Leong  |  May 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

Today, not long after its recent acquisition of Enstratius, Dell announced a withdrawal from the public cloud IaaS market. This removes Dell’s current VMware-based, vCloud Datacenter Service from the market; furthermore, Dell will not launch an OpenStack-based public cloud IaaS offering later this year, as it had originally intended to do. This does not affect […]

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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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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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New gTLDs require a business case

by Lydia Leong  |  July 23, 2011  |  1 Comment

Recently, I’ve been deluged with client inquiries about the new gTLDs that ICANN finally approved last month. (That’s three years after they first accepted the gTLD stakeholder recommendation, and two years after they said they expected to start taking applications… which they now say they won’t do until January 2012.) Tonight, I decided to write […]

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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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Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk

by Lydia Leong  |  January 24, 2011  |  2 Comments

Amazon recently released a new offering called the Elastic Beanstalk. At its heart, it is a simplified interface to EC2 and its ancillary services (load-balancing, auto-scaling, and monitoring integrated with alerts), along with an Amazon-maintained AMI containing Linux and Apache Tomcat (an open source Java EE application server), and a deployment mechanism for a Java […]


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