Lydia Leong

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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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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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To become like a cloud provider, fire everyone here

by Lydia Leong  |  November 18, 2011  |  2 Comments

A recent client inquiry of mine involved a very large enterprise, who informed me that their executives had decided that IT should become more like a cloud provider — like Google or Facebook or Amazon. They wanted to understand how they should transform their organization and their IT infrastructure in order to do this. There […]


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Citrix buys

by Lydia Leong  |  August 11, 2011  |  1 Comment

(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.) Recently, Citrix acquired The purchase price was reported to be in the $200m+ vicinity — around 100x revenues. (Even in this current run of outsized valuations, that’s a rather […]

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Amazon’s Free Usage Tier

by Lydia Leong  |  November 11, 2010  |  1 Comment

Amazon recently introduced a Free Usage Tier for its Web Services. Basically, you can try Amazon EC2, with a free micro-instance (specifically, enough hours to run such an instance full-time, and have a few hours left over to run a second instance, too; or you can presumably use a bunch of micro-instances part-time), and the […]

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Rackspace and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  July 21, 2010  |  3 Comments

Rackspace is open-sourcing its cloud software — Cloud Files and Cloud Servers — and merging its codebase and roadmap with NASA’s Nebula project (not to be confused with OpenNebula), in order to form a broader community project called OpenStack. This will be hypervisor-neutral, and initially supports Xen (which Rackspace uses) and KVM (which NASA uses), […]


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The (temporary?) transformation of hosters

by Lydia Leong  |  March 18, 2010  |  Comments Off

Classically, hosting companies have been integrators of technology, not developers of technology. Yet the cloud world is increasingly pushing hosting companies into being software developers — companies who create competitive advantage in significant part by creating software which is used to deliver capabilities to customers. I’ve heard the cloud IaaS business compared to the colocation […]

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Are multiple cloud APIs bad?

by Lydia Leong  |  August 27, 2009  |  3 Comments

Rackspace has recently launched a community portal called Cloud Tools, showcasing third-party tools that support Rackspace’s cloud compute and storage services. The tools are divided into “featured” and “community”. Featured tools are ones that Rackspace has looked at and believes deserve highlighting; they’re not necessarily commercial projects, but Rackspace does have formal relationships with the […]


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Bits and pieces

by Lydia Leong  |  July 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

Interesting recent news: Amazon’s revocation of Orwell novels on the Kindle has stirred up some cloud debate. There seems to have been a thread of “will this controversy kill cloud computing”, which you can find in plenty of blogs and press articles. I think that question, in this context, is silly, and am not going […]

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Pricing transparency and CDNs

by Lydia Leong  |  December 22, 2008  |  3 Comments

It is possible that I am going to turn out to be mildly wrong about something. I predicted that neither Amazon’s CloudFront CDN nor the comparable Rackspace/Limelight offering (Mosso Cloud Files) would really impact the mainstream CDN market. I am no longer as certain that’s going to be the case, as it appears that behavioral […]


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