Uncommon Wisdom:

April, 2011


April 26, 2011  4:08 PM

Verizon financials point to the problem with copper, broadband mobile



Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, copper, DSL, FTTH, local loop, Verizon

Verizon reported its numbers and demonstrated why voice and legacy is out and FiOS and mobile is in. The company beat AT&T on subscriber ads, something the media links to the iPhone...

April 26, 2011  3:37 PM

Barnes & Noble color Nook ‘tablet’ signals tablet price wars



Posted by: Tom Nolle
4G, Android, Apple, LTE voice, mobile backhaul, tablets, usage-based pricing

Barnes & Noble has finally brought out a true (if dated) Android version of its color Nook, which likely makes it the cheapest tablet around. It’s clear from both the performance and...


April 26, 2011  2:57 PM

On Amazon cloud outage: Cloud views need to get realistic



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Amazon, cloud computing services

Amazon finally restored the “great majority” of its EC2 customers after a failure on its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) cloud DBMS left websites in limbo last Thursday and...


April 22, 2011  1:15 PM

Potential clouds on Apple’s horizon from cloud services



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Apple, Cloud Services, consumer services, enterprise IT

Apple had another great quarter, and with its arresting success comes a possible new threat from a possibly new business direction. No, I’m not talking about Apple dominating the smartphone or tablet space—it...


April 19, 2011  1:41 PM

Looking behind Juniper’s new Emerging Technologies executive hire



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, emerging technologies, Juniper, service layer platforms, software, unified communications, Verizon Digital Media Service

While we don’t typically cover management changes and executive hires, I do think it’s significant that Juniper has announced a new VP (from Cisco) in a new position. Nawaf Bitar has been...


April 19, 2011  1:02 PM

RIM’s Playbook: Good form factor misses consumer appeal



Posted by: Tom Nolle
BlackBerry, iPad, RIM, RIM PlayBook, tablets

Tablets are again in the news as RIM launches its Playbook, a tablet that diverges from the iPad mold in that it’s based on a


April 19, 2011  10:00 AM

Microsoft’s cloud-based Office beta tries to reverse losing roll



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Apple, cloud computing services, Google, Microsoft, Office 365, Phone 7, tablets

Microsoft made its Office 365 available as a public beta. The “cloud-based” version of Office is targeted at reducing Microsoft’s risks in its critical Office franchise by limiting the damage that things like Google Docs could...


April 18, 2011  9:01 PM

How sweeping is the online video revolution; Google tries to help



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, online video, YouTube

Nobody doubts that we’re seeing a revolution in video, but there are revolutions and then there are revolutions. It’s not yet clear just how sweeping the video change will be. Some recent data from Nielson seems to show that while


April 14, 2011  4:00 AM

Cloud trends emerge from recent vendor announcements



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, Lenovo, Nimbula, platform as a service, Red Hat

The cloud is in the news, in no small part because it’s earnings season and companies need to balance the need for publicity and the need to comply with SEC rules on “quiet periods.” Cloudiness is always a good way to get some positive ink. At any rate, we’re seeing three specific trends...


April 14, 2011  1:23 AM

Cisco’s consumer reorg misses the service layer cure



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, service layer, Telepresence, video conferencing

Cisco announced today that it would be “restructuring” its consumer business, dropping the Flip video line and focusing its home networking activities to gain better profits. The steps neither fix Cisco’s...


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