Uncommon Wisdom:

May, 2011


May 27, 2011  7:26 PM

Can enterprises offer database management as a service?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Amazon, cloud databases, Cloud Services, Database as a Service, Database.com, DBMS in the cloud, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Verizon, Virtella

We’re continuing to see more developments in the cloud space that go beyond the hype and address some of the important issues. One in particular -- the “Database.com” offering from Salesforce.com -- is also demonstrating some important facts about the cloud and cloud services. Cloud...

May 26, 2011  1:46 PM

Verizon, AT&T position for the big cloud money



Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, cloud, cloud computing services, OSS/BSS, PaaS, SaaS, Verizon

Verizon has taken yet another “leadership” step in defining how operators see their revenue futures. The company has indicated it would be likely acquiring small software companies to create


May 24, 2011  1:06 PM

Can an Amazon tablet compete in the ‘t-reader’ space?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Amazon, e-reader, Nook, tablets

Amazon is apparently getting into the tablet business, or so say several sources. My own view is that Amazon is going to compete with the Barnes & Noble Color Nook, a...


May 20, 2011  6:18 PM

Tablet evolution depends on consumer and enterprise uses



Posted by: Tom Nolle
3G, 4G, collaboration, e-reader, Nielson, tablet devices, tablets, UC, UCC, WiFi

Some data from Nielson suggests that tablet users are perhaps more focused on social media than on streaming video. The data shows that while e-readers outnumber tablets by an enormous margin, people are relatively unlikely to be e-reading while watching TV, but are rather likely (presuming they...


May 18, 2011  10:48 PM

Market alert: Netflix now N.A.’s top source of downstream traffic



Posted by: Tom Nolle
bandwidth, Internet traffic, Internet video, MSO, Netflix, next-gen content delivery and video, online video, pricing, streaming video, tiered pricing, traffic management, TV, Video, video content, video on demand, video streaming

Netflix has been named the number one source of downstream traffic in all of North America, accounting for just under a third of all bandwidth consumed. Obviously, that...


May 18, 2011  10:41 PM

Embedded control and top-flight appliances: How Intel can face the future



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Android, Android OS, Apple, appliance, appliances, embedded control, embedded control device, embedded system, Intel, iPad, iPad 2, iPads, Microsoft, Phone 7, smartphone, smartphones, tablet devices, tablets, Windows Phone 7, Wintel

Intel has embarked on what might be the biggest battle of its corporate life—the battle to become relevant in the embedded system and appliance space. While Intel has a license to produce ARM chips, it realizes...


May 18, 2011  10:12 PM

Chromebook launch a self-sabotaging fiasco for Google?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Android, Apple, Chrome, Chrome OS, Chromebook, Chromebooks, Cloud computing, Cloud Services, Google, Google Docs, Linux, thin clients

Google's developer conference generated a flood of news, which was a bit of news itself. There was a time when big announcements were linked to industry events like trade shows, but the new trend to link them to developer meetings shows a new dynamic in the industry. Actually, it shows a...


May 18, 2011  1:51 AM

Cloud players: Who gets the highest marks?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Amazon, AT&T, Cloud computing, Cloud Services, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon

Among cloud players, IBM and Microsoft get the highest marks on practical cloud strategies, and the second-highest go to the common-carrier cloud services, even though AT&T's cloud offerings are still developing and Verizon's (via Terremark) are only recently branded by the carrier. The reason...


May 17, 2011  1:58 AM

Cisco’s financials: Time for a proactive plan



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Juniper

Cisco reported its results, which the Street has described as those of a "company in transition." I disagree; they're the results of a market in transition and a company not yet transitioning. The signs of the conditions that have dumped Cisco's stock and fortunes have been clearly visible for...


May 17, 2011  1:54 AM

Cloud reality: IT budgets trump number of adopters



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, SMBs

A recent research report on cloud computing says that small and midsized business (SMB) buyers prefer to get their cloud applications from a single provider rather than to mix and match. That's not surprising given that for over a decade, SMBs have cited difficulties in sustaining strong technology...


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