Gaining Entry to the Enterprise via the Consumer Trojan Horse

Ok, so you’re selling technology products, solutions or services. You’re looking for the largest buyers and typically look to the enterprise market. You develop the strategy and start going to work. You setup a sales team, check. You setup a…

AT&T Data Pricing Changes: Good or Bad?

Yesterday (June 2, 2010), AT&T announced changes to it's data service pricing. The full press release can be found at: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=30854 The big news is that AT&T is doing away with their "unlimited" data plans. Many folks will question whether…

Energy Used by Google Search

Ever wonder how much energy is used for a Google Search? Here's an interesting comparison: http://nextround.net/upcoming/thumbs/2010/05/12/How-Much-Energy-Is-Used-In-a-Google-Search-full.jpg Armed with this information, how much energy do you personally consume? What about other online services? Will this cause you to think differently about…

Rackspace Data Center Outage: Cause for Concern or Time for a Change in Strategy?

Rackspace, a popular hosting provider in the cloud, suffered a significant outage on June 29, 2009. Apparently, a power interruption caused their Dallas (DFW-Grapevine) data center to go offline. Rackspace has posted a copy of the incident report here: http://www.rackspace.com/downloads/pdfs/DFWIncidentReport6-29-2009.pdf…

Strategic Impact of Acquisitions: Oracle Acquisition of Virtual Iron Example

This week’s announcement of Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) acquisition of Virtual Iron caused a bit of a stir. Oracle’s press release is a bit vague and financial terms were not disclosed: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535 The acquisition acknowledges an architectural shift toward a collapsed…

Storage Failure in the Cloud

Is storage in the cloud a failure? I'll answer that further down...read on. It started with a story in the Boston Globe on March 21, 2009: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/03/21/data_backup_firm_sues_2_hardware_suppliers/ That spawned a series of threads on the failure of Cloud Storage. Carbonite's…