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IBM Cloud Collection Adds Options for Cities

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/22/2014 11:13:58 AM
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Re: Amazon versus IBM
What impresses me about IBM's ad is that it wouldn't target Amazon unless there was real competition there. That speaks to the strength of the market. And clearly, Amazon and IBM are just two of the big players. There are plenty of others.

Hazel
Hazel  
1/20/2014 10:40:12 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Amazon versus IBM
I agree wtih you that size matters, but don't forget, that's not the only thing that matters. Amazon might still have a few tricks (read: features and whatnot) up their sleeves, so I am not counting them out just yet.

It was smart that IBM chose that particular thing to point out in their ad.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
1/18/2014 10:08:03 PM
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Re: Amazon versus IBM
I think the ad speaks volumes Mary.  Two giants squaring off.  Stay tuned.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/18/2014 5:06:18 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Amazon versus IBM
Ha! I debated on whether to use this photo, since it was really a picture of an ad. But I decided to go ahead, since it shows how IBM is touting its services in big cities like San Francisco -- and who it's aiming for.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/18/2014 5:05:13 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: The Shrinking Cloud
Excellent point, piratejulie! Indeed, if hosting is local, then the cloud isn't as flexible -- theoretically at least.

Sometimes I think cloud services are still much like hosted services or managed services. I think the technology is more advanced, but the concept is similar.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
1/18/2014 3:50:41 PM
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Amazon versus IBM
The advertising re: the Cloud is interesting [see the photo of the bus in Mary's piece].

Amazon versus IBM.

Size matters.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
1/18/2014 3:44:30 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
The Shrinking Cloud
I recall the 'early' days of the Cloud; when the verbiage was first used.  It was a time of mystery because its details were not especially understood [and when they were, not explained well].  In fact, I once was at an initial Cloud presentation and asked: "What is the Cloud and how does it work?" The presenter responded: "Oh, you don't need to know how it works."

With such a chronology, I was struck by this sentence : "If the datacenters hosting clouds are local, security and performance improve."  This seems to make sense from a time/space/data perspective but does seem contrary to the Cloud's original 'promise.'

It leaves me a bit skeptical.  Is the hosting now being marketed in such a way to assure potential buyers [city governments, etc.] that data will be safe in the cloud?

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