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IBM is unquestionably a strong brand with deep customer relationships — it exerts a magnetism for its customers that competitors like HP and Dell don’t come anywhere near to matching. Even with all of the weaknesses of the SCE offering, here at Gartner, we still saw customers choose the service simply because it was from IBM — even when the customers would openly acknowledge that they found the platform deficient and it didn’t really meet their needs. — IBM SoftLayer, versus Amazon or versus Rackspace? | CloudPundit: Massive-Scale Computing
The implications of a DYI approach are profound, and in some cases, organizations won’t see the impact of their choice for months, or years. While this is not the appropriate context to explore those implications (but my future research paper on OpenStack will touch on it), one point is out of question: there are a growing number of IT organizations that embrace risk in a new way and reject the established approach to enterprise software.
The question is if this new class of IT organizations will mature to a more risk adverse mindset as they grow, joining the pool of traditional enterprise companies, or if that risk tolerant mindset is here to stay. And if the latter: are vendors prepared to talk a language that resonates to this new class of IT professionals and offer them tools that can fit their needs? More on this in my third section below. — What I saw at the OpenStack Summit
ONIE | Open Network Install Environment -
ONIE is an open source initiative that defines an open “install environment” for bare metal network switches
In general, Raju says financial trading firms are wholly unprepared for how the principles of the API Economy are about to applied to trillions of dollars in financial transactions. For the most part, large financial firms have tried to limit control over application logic that is embedded in their financial trading systems because it represents intellectual property that differentiates their services. By opening up the Cloud Brokerage, Raju says any small group of savvy investors with access to a handful of developers can now create their own financial trading applications. — Tradier Leverages RESTful APIs
AWS's ever growing SKU pool -
In 2010 we launched 61 of what we considered to be significant products and services. In 2011 it was 82. In 2012 it was 159. This year through September it’s 179, and we’ll be well above 200 by the end of the year.
A feeling I got from working at Google was that technology could solve any problem. Yes it’s fantastic, but what I realized later was there’s technology and there’s people. Google had its list ordered: Technology. People. And I think the right order is: People. Technology. You have to think about people first and technology second. Hopefully technology gets out of the way. — Biz (via bijan)
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