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Why Akamai Picked up Cloud CDN Player Cotendo

December 23, 2011

Yesterday Akamai picked up CDN Competitor Cotendo, a company with a suite of services which accelerate every bit of the CDN food chain starting from the DNS to small and large objects. The acquisition was valued at 9 times 2011 revenue of $30M or $268M. The company has three areas of focus from ad networks to enterprise and ecommerce. Check out the most recent video interview I conducted with Misha Kuperman the VP of Operations at Cotendo on July 15, 2010 where Misha explained to me how strong business was not only in the US but internationally.

Microsoft Live 365 Deal With MasterCard Shows Cloud is Mainstream

December 22, 2011

Microsoft recently inked a deal with MasterCard which entails the company joining Microsoft's Office 365 program. This means MasterCard will provide a 10 percent savings to eligible small business cardholders when they purchase Office 365 through the MasterCard Easy Savings Program.

What caused great interest to me however was the list of other companies participating in the program such as Avis, Budget, Bing, Firestone, DHL, Continental Airlines, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, the US Postal Service and Harry & David. So Microsoft Office 365 has joined the ranks of consumer companies such as Firestone and Harry & David - yes, the gift basket company.

If this doesn't mean that the cloud is mainstream, I am not sure what does.

Another thought is that the main competitor here is Google, a company with virtually limitless remnant advertising space via its market-leading search engine.

It is worth pointing out that Microsoft is a marketing machine and when they devote themselves to taking over a market they are generally relentless.

We'll see if this move does much to move the needle in the direction of Redmond in the cloud wars. Personally I see it as a small part of a grand strategy to overwhelm customers with Microsoft's cloud-based office, UC and other solutions.









Verizon MiFi 4510L Mobile Hotspot Review

December 21, 2011

Recently I was emailing with one of my contacts at Verizon asking what the hot devices are from his perspective and during our conversation I mentioned I have Verizon 3G in my laptop but haven’t had a chance to try Verizon 4G. Without a beat he offered me a 4G MiFi Mobile Hotspot to test and review. It’s funny really, I am not starved for connectivity but this device made my business life much easier… It is an essential device for the cloud-based world we are moving to. After all, if all your apps live somewhere else and you don’t have the best connectivity possible, you really aren’t able to leverage the cloud.

Alianza Lands Huge Clearwire Cloud Communications Deal

December 20, 2011

Fasten your seat-belts - this is getting interesting... cloud-communications provider Alianza just landed a four-year hosted software licensing agreement with Clearwire. Alianza's end-to-end voice platform combines all the back-office platform management, product management, and end-user support functions into a single web-based administrative user interface and this deal marks perhaps one of the largest if not largest cloud-based VoIP deal I am aware of. Company President and CEO Brian Beutler certainly thinks this is the largest deal in the industry...

Avaya's Top Communication Trends in 2012

December 16, 2011

Recently I had a chance to have an in-depth conversation with Avaya about the trends they see for 2012 in the communications space. In particular I spoke with George Humphrey a Director and Line of Business Owner at Avaya and Diane Royer, Senior Marketing Services Manager.

The trends below are at times augmented or enhanced with my thoughts.

1) Mobility raises the expectation of availability

With Rypple Acquisition Salesforce on Track to be Cloud-Based Oracle

December 16, 2011

In the early nineties I was and SQL programmer in a market dominated by companies like Oracle and Informix. At the time these database companies stuck to their core competency. Fast forward a few decades and Oracle sells software in virtually every space. Moreover they are a revenue generating machine as they have gobbled up so many companies; there are few other choices in the market.

Dotcom All Over Again?

December 5, 2011

This time domain names = IP addresses and dotcom = cloud

The idea of cloud is not new – think mainfraimes, ADP for payroll and the ASP market of over a decade ago. This time though the investors are behind the move and it seems potentially for good. I say “potentially” because I launched a magazine to educate the market on the cloud revolution called Communications ASP in 2001 and it was a mega-success for a few issues until almost all our advertisers told us at once that their investors no longer allowed them to use the term ASP.

Using Amazon to Compare Kindle Fire to iPad

December 5, 2011

Apple customer loyalty is the stuff of legend as anyone who visited an Apple store this holiday season can attest to and to delve further into this issue Philip Elmer-DeWitt at CNNMoney did some research on Amazon to see which device customers liked better. As the Kindle Fire has only been out a short while it may be unfair to compare the devices as Apple has had some years to improve the tablet’s software. Then again, running on Android, the Kindle Fire does benefit from software updates which have been issued to solve problems faced by other tablet and smartphone makers.

The bottom line is the Kindle fire has 47% five-star reviews and 13.3% one-star reviews.

Moderating an MSP Webinar Today

December 1, 2011

Today, December 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm EST I will be moderating a webinar discussing the value of managed services. The webinar sponsored by Sprint will feature a presentation from Johna Till Johnson the President of Nemertes research as well a live customer case study from Joseph Carpico, Manager, Range and Communications Services at satellite launch contractor Energia Logistics, LTD. In addition we will have a panel discussion I will lead analyzing the opportunities for MSP customers and the industry as a whole. In addition we will get to hear the perspective of Mike Cole, Manager of Managed Solutions at Sprint.

Salesforce Cloudforce NY 2011 Live Blog

November 30, 2011

I am headed to NY as I post. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Heading to the keynote there was a DJ in the atrium of the Jacob Javits Center playing techno music wearing a shirt that said I Cloud NY. Nice addition.

We are waiting for the keynote to start - so far there was a video touting the importance of social - including Twitter. then an interview with Comcast and Facebook execs.

Keynote starts with Metallica Enter Sandman - with an accompanying video of catchy buzzwords - cloud - post PC, etc.

Marc Benioff takes the stage: We were born cloud at Salesforce.com and we were reborn social.

Facebook is easting the web - 23% of the time on web is social.

Mobile minutes per day is higher than on PCs.

A persistent part of how we do work each day.



Next year we will exceed $3B annual run rate.

















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