Are Acts of God All That Can Slow Amazon?

Mother Nature put the inherent fallibility of Amazon Web Services’ offerings front and center this week, but the pros of Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary still far outweigh its cons. Every lightning strike that takes the service down for four hours, is balanced by Amazon's introduction of new features like Availability Zones that make the service even more difficult to resist. And it's not done tempting you yet. Just wait until you see those security and compliance accreditations come through.…

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Topic Pages: Research in Context

Most of us in the tech world have a particular market sector we focus on when it comes to information. When we’re developing a new initiative for our current business, justifying a project to management, looking for a new growth path for our careers, or even planning to start a new company, we want new information in the context of the industry we care about. That's why we've designed the GigaOM Pro site around Topic Pages overseen by curators.…

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New Research: Data Domain and the Storage Market

Last week, Om gave us a quick, insightful take on the sudden interest in de-duplication leader Data Domain by both EMC and NetApp. Today at GigaOM Pro, we offer those looking for a deeper understanding on the strategic importance of de-duplication to the storage and cloud computing market the latest report by Tech Alpha, “De-duping the Storage Industry: What the acquisition of Data Domain means for the storage industry.”…

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De-Duplicating the Storage Industry

Companies are rolling out storage efficiency technology as fast as they can since that technology helps delay and avoid additional capital expenditures that would otherwise be needed to accommodate ongoing data growth. Data Domain is the leader in storage efficiency and therefore represents an attractive target to larger storage OEMs that are driving the consolidation of the industry. This note examines the strategic rationale of the deal for the different potential acquirers as well as for Data Domain, elaborates on what the deal means for customers, and puts Data Domain’s offerings in the context of storage efficiency technologies and trends.…

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Is Verizon’s Cloud Pricing Too Complex to Succeed?

It’s not that I have a one-track mind pointed directly at cloud computing, but week after week the paradigm dominates discussions around cutting-edge infrastructure. This week, for example saw several new players — some of them rather large companies — step into the cloud ring with entirely new platforms. LongJump announced its all-inclusive PaaS offering; Computer Sciences Corp. said it will be launching an enterprise- and federal-grade cloud; Contegix introduced Zeus, its managed-hosting-style cloud; Akamai outlined its cloud strategy; and Tibco previewed its upcoming cloud application platform, Silver. But it’s Verizon Business, which took the wraps off its cloud service called, fittingly, Computing as a Service, that has me asking the most questions.…

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