Lydia Leong

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Yet more reasons to work at Gartner with me

by Lydia Leong  |  October 21, 2014  |  1 Comment

The TL;DR: My team at Gartner has an open position for someone who has a strong understanding of cloud IaaS — someone who has experience architecting for the cloud, or who has worked on the vendor side of the market (product management, solutions architecture, engineering, consulting, etc.), or is an analyst at another firm covering […]

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Private clouds aren’t necessarily more secure

by Lydia Leong  |  November 28, 2011  |  2 Comments

Eric Domage, an analyst over at IDC, is being quoted as saying, “The decision in the next year or two will only be about the private cloud. The bigger the company, the more they will consider the private cloud. The enterprise cloud is locked down and totally managed. It is the closest replication of virtualisation.” […]

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There’s no such thing as a “safe” public cloud IaaS

by Lydia Leong  |  November 11, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’ve been trialing cloud IaaS providers lately, and the frustration of getting through many of the sign-up processes has reminded me of some recurring conversations that I’ve had with service providers over the past few years. Many cloud IaaS providers regard the fact that they don’t take online sign-ups as a point of pride — […]

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Amazon, ISO 27001, and a correction

by Lydia Leong  |  November 17, 2010  |  2 Comments

FlyingPenguin has posted a good critique of my earlier post about Amazon’s ISO 27001 certification. Here’s a succinct correction: To quote Wikipedia, ISO 27001 requires that management: Systematically examine the organization’s information security risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities and impacts; Design and implement a coherent and comprehensive suite of information security controls and/or […]

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Amazon, ISO 27001, and some conference observations

by Lydia Leong  |  November 17, 2010  |  1 Comment

Greetings from Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development, and Integration Summit. There are around 900 people here, and the audience is heavy on enterprise architects and other application development leaders. One of the common themes of my interaction here has been talking to an awful lot of people who are using or have used Amazon for IaaS. […]

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The cloud is not magic

by Lydia Leong  |  June 8, 2010  |  10 Comments

Just because it’s in the cloud doesn’t make it magic. And it can be very, very dangerous to assume that it is. I recently talked to an enterprise client who has a group of developers who decided to go out, develop, and run their application on Amazon EC2. Great. It’s working well, it’s inexpensive, and […]

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Excerpt: Credit cards and EA/Mythic’s epic billing mistake

by Lydia Leong  |  April 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. How many merchants that you don’t do business with any longer, but used to have recurring billing permission on your credit card, still have your credit card on file? As online commerce and micropayments proliferate, how many more merchants will store that data? (Or will PayPal, Apple’s storefronts, […]

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Link round-up

by Lydia Leong  |  June 1, 2009  |  Comments Off

Recent links of interest… I’ve heard that no less than four memcached start-ups have been recently funded. GigaOM speculates interestingly on whether memcached is good or bad for MySQL. It seems to me that in the age of cloud and hyperscale, we’re willing to sacrifice ACID compliance in many our transactions. RAM is cheap, and […]

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DDoS season

by Lydia Leong  |  April 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

We are, it seems, in the midst of a wave of distributed denial of service attacks. The victims include: Neustar’s UltraDNS. (Problems with specific regional DNS clusters, with little customer-visible impact.) Register.com. (Severe impact on Web hosting and email customers.) GoGrid. (Severe impact on cloud hosting customers.) ThePlanet. (Attack on their DNS servers, with severe […]

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Linkage du jour

by Lydia Leong  |  March 16, 2009  |  Comments Off

Tossing a few links out there… In the weekend’s biggest cloud news, Microsoft’s Azure was down for 22 hours. It’s now back up, with no root cause known. Geva Perry has posted a useful Zoho Sheet calculator for figuring out whether an Amazon EC2 reserved instance will save you money over an unreserved instance. Craig […]

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