Commoditization and the Cloud: Bypassing the Race to the Bottom

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Last month, Amazon Web Services cut EC2 prices for the 19th time since it launched its flagship service, reflecting the ongoing race to the price floor that so many IaaS providers are pursuing.
  • At what point do these reductions cut into service quality and features, or has that already happened?

In recent weeks, everyone from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to Rackspace has either slashed pricing for cloud offers or promised to beat their rivals’ prices.  There is no doubt that this competitive pursuit of business customers is sweetening the cloud’s appeal to the point where even the most reluctant of prospects have no choice but to consider their on-demand options.   However, all the battling to win the title of ‘Cloud Price Chopper King’ is also producing an unwanted result: the perception that the cloud is all about price.  This leads many businesses to wonder if there is any differentiation at all between and among mass-market public cloud solutions. Continue reading “Commoditization and the Cloud: Bypassing the Race to the Bottom”

M2M Ecosystem Growing as Everyone Wants a Piece of the Action

Kathryn Weldon
Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • M2M World Congress, held in London on April 25th and 26th, brought together a diverse ecosystem of companies that offer M2M solutions, including prominent players such as operators, integrators and chipset/module vendors, as well as a few surprises.
  • Despite the relatively small annual revenues associated with M2M today, few companies want to be left out of what is predicted to be a trillion dollar market, with 20-50 billion connections and a wide variety of related services, equipment and software opportunities by 2020.

M2M World Congress was noticeably lacking in end users (with the exception of the UK National Grid), but most of the usual suspects participated, giving fairly high-level presentations on the market and on their particular solutions, along with the usual caveats concerning the obstacles that are still in the way of massive market growth.  There were a number of operator presentations and panels (with EE, Deutsche Telekom, Turkcell, Swisscom, Telefonica, Etisalat, Orange and satellite provider Inmarsat in attendance), as well as individual presentations by: Continue reading “M2M Ecosystem Growing as Everyone Wants a Piece of the Action”

SMS Texting About to Go the Way of the Dodo Bird

Brad Shimmin
Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Research firm Informa has found that traditional SMS text messaging traffic was eclipsed by chat app traffic for the first time during 2012.
  • Mobile chat apps from BlackBerry, Apple, WhatsApp and others continue to eat into carrier text messaging revenue with freely available chat services, but this emerging cacophony of services may end up costing IT pros as well.

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today.  As I write this blog post, I think I can actually hear the sound of my old 14.4k modem crackle into life back in 1992 as it jacks into what was then the known online universe, namely CompuServe.  You see, SMS is apparently dead or at least dying.  Like the Princess phone, punch cards and of course CompuServe itself, that 20-year old bastion of sanity, of reliable, ubiquitous and above all ‘simple’ text-based communications has had its day. Continue reading “SMS Texting About to Go the Way of the Dodo Bird”