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Systems Integrators Morph Into Cloud Providers

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dstrait
dstrait
6/28/2013 10:24:31 AM
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Re: OpenStack or other?
Replying to my own post, but relevant:

"Microsoft helps Netflix ditch Silverlight for HTML5" at BGR. The meetings that preceded this project must have been very interesting. 

There is another article at ExtremeTech discussing the more technical aspects of this.

Apparently, this only works in IE11, which is only available in the beta for Windows 8.1. I presume that Microsoft wants everyone off of Windows 8 as soon as possible, so I suspect that Windows 8 will not be a porting target. I am unsure if IE11 will be backported to Windows 7. Clearly, Microsoft will be ramping up the pressure to upgrade from Windows 7 over the next few years.

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Shepy
Shepy
6/26/2013 3:40:18 PM
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Re: OpenStack or other?
Even if a customer does attempt to leave, often they are incentivised to stay, i recently got a friend's satellite and broadband down over 50% for 12 months, at which point he'll threaten to leave again

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dstrait
dstrait
6/26/2013 1:07:51 PM
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Re: OpenStack or other?
Exactly. The large players (VZ, ATT, Comcast, Time Warner) have plenty of money to talk to customers, to do research, to implement systems that customers want. To drive forward. Why couldn't VZ have come up with Plex? Instead, their visions alway seem to be 15 years out of date. The services that VZ provides would be great, if they were competing against local Blockbuster stores and VHS tape. Heck, it wasn't until about two years ago that the program guide and menu GUI on my set top box was available in full HD.

Which gets me back to my original point: Even though a vendor's offering might be a trailing edge and a little more costly, since the customer is already a customer, they hope that a customer's inertia will keep them buying.

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Shepy
Shepy
6/25/2013 4:33:06 PM
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Re: OpenStack or other?
TBH, i dont think i would go with a cable service any more, Netflix and Plex cover all of my media needs in and away from home, and far superior to a home service.

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dstrait
dstrait
6/25/2013 4:03:23 PM
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Re: OpenStack or other?
I am thinking more of the UI and not so much of the underpinnings. Clearly, Netflix is going to have to get away from Silverlight since MS has abandoned it.

When you compare the interface that Netflix provides (either via a web browser on a Windows PC or my ancient Roku or my new Sony Blu Ray Player) and the interface that the FIOS set top box provides, there is no competition. It's easier to search Netflix, Netflix has a better breadth of shows and Netflix does a better job of reminding me what episodes I need to watch for things that come in seasons, like Breaking Bad.

I do wish that the auto-start-next-episode feature was a configuration setting as I've fallen asleep a few times and it's gone and streamed two or three half-hour programs.

It's almost like Verizon thinks that they have to trick me into buying things. If they had a better product, I'd be more interested. It seems to me that HBO, with HBO Go and such, has a better experience than Verizon does. I would think that it should be the other way around, and HBO would be able to outsource streaming, old episodes and such to infrastructure provided by the cable companies. Instead, HBO felt that they had to build their own.

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Shepy
Shepy
6/24/2013 11:05:44 AM
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Re: OpenStack or other?
"Or... I can pay Netflix, which provides a state-of-the-art interface, $8 a month for all I can eat. (I watched four episodes of Breaking Bad just last night while trying to shake my Game of Thrones withdrawal.)"

Sate of the art, Silverlight?!?!?

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dstrait
dstrait
6/17/2013 1:59:12 PM
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OpenStack or other?
Are these OpenStack deployments or is this something new? (IIRC, IBM is using OpenStack.)

Maybe it's my cynicism, but the first thing that jumps into my head is the on-demand movie service that Verizon constantly wants me to buy. I can buy an "on-demand" movie from them, which uses their clunky interface, for the low-low price of $3.99. And then there is the.

Or... I can pay Netflix, which provides a state-of-the-art interface, $8 a month for all I can eat. (I watched four episodes of Breaking Bad just last night while trying to shake my Game of Thrones withdrawal.)

The first option is inferior and overpriced. The second option isn't as well marketted.

It always seems that the service is poor when a vendor thinks that they already have you locked up.

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Mike Vizard
Mike Vizard
6/13/2013 2:52:42 PM
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Re: Value in the means
I keep thinking there is way too much capacity chasing too few application workloads in the cloud; a form of cloudflation. But I'm not seeing what you would call a classic consolidation yet. Instead, it's companies wiith a lot of cash like IBM filling in holes in their lineup.

That said, $2 billion seems cheap for a cloud platform compared to what acqusitions in other segments are going for these days, i.e what Salesforce.com paid for ExactTarget

 

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DavidAllen
DavidAllen
6/13/2013 2:08:01 PM
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Re: Value in the means
There is always going to consolidation of some kind and in reality so long as it has no direct impact on the customer then there should be no reason to worry. Consumers like a service that gives them value and reliability, there is no reason why this will not continue, in fact customers could actually benefit from it.

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
6/12/2013 7:38:21 PM
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Re: Value in the means
Thanks for this analysis, Mike. I agree with jagibbons about the vertical expertise that these SIs bring to the table, too. But I feel like they're butting up against cloud providers on one side and traditional business enablement vendors on the other. I spoke with Jonathan King of Savvis yesterday, and he called it 'coopetition.' So my question is, do you think this space will go through some more consolidation, as we see with IBM and Softlayer?

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