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Posts from Date:   2011-11

Private clouds aren’t necessarily more secure

by Lydia Leong  |  November 28, 2011

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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Would you like to run Apache Wave, Grandma?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 27, 2011

As many people already know, Google is sunsetting Google Wave. This has led to Google sending an email to people who previously signed up for Wave. The bit in the email that caught my eye was this: If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache […]

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Why developers make superior operators

by Lydia Leong  |  November 21, 2011

Developers who deeply understand the arcana of infrastructure, and operators who can code and understand the interaction of applications and infrastructure, are better than developers and operators who understand only their own discipline. But it’s typically easier, from the perspective of training, for a developer to learn operations, than for an operator to learn development. […]

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Do you really want to be in the cloud?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 20, 2011

People often ask me what it’s like to be an analyst at Gartner, and for me, the answer is, “It’s a life of constant client conversations.” Over the course of a typical year, I’ll do something on the order of 1,200 formal one-on-one conversations (or one-on-small-team, if the client brings in some other colleagues), generally […]

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To become like a cloud provider, fire everyone here

by Lydia Leong  |  November 18, 2011

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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Amazon and the power of default choices

by Lydia Leong  |  November 17, 2011

Estimates of Amazon’s revenues in the cloud IaaS market vary, but you could put it upwards of $1 billion in 2011 and not cause too much controversy. That’s a dominant market share, comprised heavily of early adopters but at this point, also drawing in the mainstream business — particularly the enterprise, which has become increasingly […]

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Cloud IaaS is a lot more than just self-service VMs

by Lydia Leong  |  November 16, 2011

One year ago, when we did our 2010 hosting/cloud Magic Quadrant, you were doing pretty well as a service provider if you had a bare-minimum cloud IaaS offering — a service in which customers could go in, push buttons and self-service provision and de-provision virtual machines. There were providers with more capabilities than that, but […]

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Managed Hosting and Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant

by Lydia Leong  |  November 14, 2011

We’re wrapping up our Public Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant (the drafts will be going out for review today or tomorrow), and we’ve just formally initiated the Managed Hosting and Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant. This new Magic Quadrant is the next update of last year’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting. […]

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Yottaa, 4th-gen CDNs, and acceleration for the masses

by Lydia Leong  |  November 13, 2011

I’d meant to blog about Yottaa when it launched back in October, because it’s one of the most interesting entrants to the CDN market that I’ve seen in a while. Yottaa is a fourth-generation CDN that offers site analytics, edge caching, a little bit of network optimization, and front-end optimization. While CDNs of earlier generations […]

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

by Lydia Leong  |  November 11, 2011

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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