Does Gartner understand cloud computing? By Simon Ellis of Labslice – CloudTweaks Contributor I like the Gartner Magic Quadrant. It provides for a quick overview of a specific domain, lists the key players and assigns them a high-level effectiveness rank. It’s a great tool, and also a very dangerous one. For those who understand a domain it provides reinforcement and a third-party perspective. And for those who don’t, it affords a quick way to select a vendor or choose a technology — the modern equivalent of “no-one gets fired for selecting IBM”. Having placed many IaaS bets as a cloud
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Cisco Unveils Cloud-based TV Platform By Kiril Kirilov Networking leader Cisco unveiled a new cloud-based TV platform targeting service providers worldwide at Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas last week. The core functionality of the new Cisco Videoscape®, include ability to combine digital TV and online content with social media and communications applications. Australia-based Telstra, a global service provider, already partners with Cisco in utilizing the Videsocape platform in search of new market opportunities. Videoscape, which is still in beta testing by Telstra, will integrate voice, linear and online video, high-speed data, Wi-Fi, and network traffic routing, according to
Google Wins Court Ruling Against Microsoft In Cloud Computing Contract By Sourya Biswas Microsoft and Google have never been the best of friends, and this mutual dislike has extended to their ventures in the cloud computing space as well. Both these technology behemoths fully realize the immense potential of cloud computing and have been intensely competitive in trying to get one up on the other, with Google’s Google Apps and Microsoft’s Azure being two of the most prominent cloud computing platforms out there. This competition for the cloud computing market saw an outlet in a decision handed down this week
The 2010 cloud computing winner Who was the 2010 cloud computing winner? It’s a subjective topic. And you’re really comparing apples to oranges. There are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings, all serving different customer needs. Some vendors are established, while others are only just getting started. And of-course, people tend to declare a technology they are familiar with as a winner. To identify a winning technology it’s usually best to go straight to the market and see what people are actually using. Winning technologies get adopted, new jobs get created and specialized skills get requested for. Below is the job