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Christmas Eve and the AWS/Netflix outage to me aren't so much about whether or not the Cloud is viable or scary or dangerous. Rather, the event resonated with users across the United States because the Cloud delivers so much utility to each of us. And regardless of who was at fault -- Netflix or Amazon Web Services, the event made it clear that there's no going back and that the Cloud has quickly become a part of our culture and our everyday lives. This is significant because while the Internet itself is a technology consumers have grown to love, Cloud is a way of delivering service that makes a service like Netflix streaming possible, and at a measly $8 bucks a month. The Netflix business model of delivering outsize utility for a low price point makes the business of streaming video all the more difficult. HBO, Cinemax, and the networks for me are unusable. I sense... (more)

What’s Missing from “Cloud First” in the Enterprise?

My first experience with an "inverted yield curve" was in 2000 just prior to the tech bubble bursting. I was working on a financial portal for an investment bank and one of the charts was a yield curve. It looked odd all of a sudden, so I looked it up in a book of financial terms. An inverted yield is indicated when interest rates for short-term capital are higher than interest rates for long-term capital. In other words, people are willing to pay a significant price to alleviate short-term concerns because they're focused on the now and not so concerned about one year, three yea... (more)

What Movers in the Cloud Stand to Win in the $444B SMB Market Space

While much discussion of the cloud assumes the needs and concerns of large enterprises will determine how the cloud evolves, in fact AAPL, MSFT, DELL, AMZN signal that the migration of the fragmented $444B annual SMB tech spend from small datacenters to the cloud will redefine the industry far sooner and on a more sweeping and final scale than presently anticipated. The move of the SMB may determine the winners and losers long before the enterprise has made a significant investment. While "smokestack" and "brick and mortar" firms remain highly susceptible to "oil price shock," e... (more)

How the Amazon AWS Extinction Event will Re-Make the Tech Industry

On June 7th @cloudexpo I attended a presentation on Eucalyptus by Rich Wolski (founder and CTO of Eucalyptus, known to throw lightning bolts from Mount Olympus when he  thinks nobody is looking. He certainly threw a few during his presentation @ CloudExpo that most people didn't notice.) during which he described the genesis of Eucalyptus. Creating a cloud interface indistinguishable from the interface of Amazon AWS was the critical success factor and defined the project. The challenge, Rich explains, was like that of a "Turing Test." A Turing test is a well known test used to m... (more)

Big Data: How Can Data Providers Position Themselves for Growth?

Ideas for Maximizing Revenue and Positioning and Accelerating the Adoption of On-Demand Data and Integration as a Service 1) Publish pre-built integration components to sites, or communities such as: a. Heroku Add-ons http://addons.heroku.com/ Reason. Developers of many types of applications, not the least of which include Facebook platform games, develop Facebook applications on the Heroku platform. Currently some data providers sell fantasy football and other types of gaming data, yet I don't see integration components available from either firm offered in the the Heroku, Boomi, ... (more)