"Cloud computing has been a boon to tech startups, allowing them to build, launch and scale without substantial up-front investment in hardware. But at what point does the moving from the cloud to a data center make more sense - for both performance and cost?"
Methinks: This article raises some good points about what happens when you really really grow up. But we are talking about pretty large scale growth. We’ve had experiences, a few years ago with Salesforce.com, were there pricing model did not make sense at significant scale. We’ve now seen them adjust to accommodate growing needs. But for startups, there are many cloud options that allow small companies to get going with minimal or no investment. For small companies, the probably outgrow the startup sweet spot unless great things happen.
"Amazon’s cloud computing division is planning to “raise the bar” on security, and provide better security than most enterprises can achieve on their own, says Amazon CTO Werner Vogels.”
Methinks: I’m with @werner on this issue. Assuming the in-house data center is professionally managed then attention to detail on security should be a given. But unless the core business is data center management, this issue will always be look at as a cost rather than an opportunity.
Outsourcing vendors like AWS have their corporate lives at risk if they do not perform at world class standards. I think that it is likely that the top tier vendor do and will raise the bar in terms of compute resource delivery cost, reliability, and security. That is the way free markets work.
“Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.”
Methinks: Another indication that gaming interfaces with alternative controls are the wave of the future of most application development.
"Adobe Adds Leading Web Content Management Software to its Portfolio of Solutions to Create, Deliver and Optimize Customer Experiences"
Methinks: This is definitely a very interesting addition to the Adobe family of products. We use CS and develop a number of projects for automated delivery for cross-media channels using content management tools.
The Day CQ5 suite is architecturally very sound and is designed to deliver many of the platform services we often need. It will fit well with other Java server based offerings from Adobe. It will be interesting to see how this gets integrated and packaged.
We continue to look for solid and affordable digital asset management and deployment offerings. The DAM from Day could be a very good additions is seamlessly integrated with CS desktop tools. Does anyone have any insight here? Time will tell I guess.
2-3 years ago, so-called “startpages” were all the rage - an online dashboard where users can collect links and quickly scan important news feeds. Startpages were also an evolving platform for “widgets,” mini web apps that can be placed inside a web page.
All of the big Internet companies had startpages and promoted them fiercely: iGoogle, My Yahoo!, Microsoft’s Live.com. Among the startups, Netvibes managed to establish a foothold. Other startup battlers included PageFlakes and Protopage. In 2007-08 startpages were viewed as the second coming of portals and some even thought they might be the next social networks. Now of course many people use Facebook or Twitter as their place to “start” on the Web. So what will become of the startpage - does it have a future?
"Sure, the iPad has a book-reader application, and Apple runs its own online bookstore. But Amazon has a much bigger selection—630,000 e-books, versus “tens of thousands” at Apple. The Kindle app runs on iPads, BlackBerry, and Android devices, so you can read your books wherever you want; with Apple you’re locked into Apple devices."
“This week, Adobe (news, site) announced the addition of some interesting social media features to their Online Marketing Suite. Among them: advanced bid strategies for Facebook ads, and image ad support for the Google Content Network. ”
Methinks: Many options available to 21st Century classrooms allow businesses to operate in new an innovative ways. Chief among them… location does not matter. Wireless bandwidth and cloud computing based software as a service makes that option available.
Drupal software, support, and hosting company Acquia announced that its Drupal Gardens leaves private beta today. Drupal Gardens is a content management & social publishing system, offering “Drupal-as-a-service” and greatly simplifying the creation and management of Drupal websites.
The Apache FOP team is delighted to present you a production grade release of the new FOP codebase. This release contains many bug fixes and new features. See the Release Notes for a list of the most important changes.
Methinks: Always an important Print On Demand / Web to Print technology. We’ve used XSL-FO for many projects over the years. I just wish the design tools would support this out of the box as an open standard option.
Methinks: This shows that there is plenty of room in the emerging wireless/tablet marketplace. It may also show that E-Ink vs backlite LCD has value. Amazon is showing impressive growth and a huge inventory at the same time while Apple has sold 3 million iPad and 1.5 million eBooks is just a few months.
Methinks: This is in line with what I have been suggesting to clients for some time. marketing always wants to differentiate between BtoB and BtoC. When in fact consumers are consumers and marketing is marketing. The reason this differentiation existed was because you reached each type consumer via different channels. Those channels had different expertises and disciplines. But are living in a world were all channels are colliding. Marketing disciplines are beginning to coalescence and these differences are eroding. This article is large scale evidence of that.
Steve Jobs and Apple were ready to ditch AT&T six times in the last three years, according to a new story in Wired.
(The story is not online yet, but Jason O’Grady at ZDNet summarized it.) Wired says Apple and AT&T are in a loveless marriage. There are great mutual benefits to the relationship, but overall both companies are frustrated with each other. Apple hates AT&T for its crappy network, and its limitations on customers. AT&T hates Apple for being a bunch of newbies when it comes to the phone business…
“Vote to expand telecom services at rural hospitals and clinics aims to improve access to diagnostic tools that larger medical centers typically have.”
Methinks: If we are going to solve a problems, perhaps we need to first start by understanding the problem. I have been involved with telecom and broadband issues for over 12 years. It didn’t take long to understand why the current situations exists. Start with looking at areas to have ‘fixed’ the issue.
The areas of the county that have successfully deployed seriously high speed broadband are served by municipal utilities. That right, small (important word) geographically oriented service providers. While there once was a day oligopolies served a purpose, there purpose is not to deploy extremely high speed fiber to everyone at the lowest possible cost. These oligopolies are a monopolies granted by our governments. And don’t get me started on how our elected officials do not understand (generality, but a good one) technology and innovation. We keep electing them which makes you and I culpable for this mess.
Methinks: What he said. On the other hand, the average number of Facebook friends per Facebook user? About 150… this is known as Dunbar’s number. We ran across this number a few years ago. Robert Dunbar describes the theoretical cognitive limit for one to maintain stable social relationships with. Interesting. Some use weak social networking ties to create order for more than Dunbar’s number.
A top Microsoft executive today compared Apple’s iPhone 4 to his own company’s problem-plagued Vista operating system.
“It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m okay with that,” said Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs through Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Besides mocking Apple’s iPhone, Turner also touted Windows Phone 7, now slated to reach retail in the U.S. this November on a number of smartphone models.
The iPhone’s position isn’t unassailable, Turner argued. “We’re back in the game,” he said. “And this game is not over.”