A little over 3 weeks ago I received my latest Comcast bill. I was shocked that the price had gone up yet again. This was the last straw for my wife who is a diehard cable user. She gave me the OK to cut the cord. I wasted no time in calling Comcast and scaling back to Internet only. I brought a Roku box, an Apple TV for my wife and subscribed to Netflix and Hulu Plus. My daughter is already a rabid streamer.
I was a little worried about Comcast and their data caps. I never bothered to check my previous usage. I finally logged in to the website and was a little shocked. I had been using an average of 100GB prior to cutting the cord and had a whopping 350 GB of usage last month. I’m already 100GB into my cap 10 days in.
So, what is a cable cutter to do? I’m going to switch from Comcast Internet to Comcast Internet. It seems Comcast doesn’t have the same caps or any caps for that matter on business class service. I can get the same 20Mbps speed for $99.00 (still much cheaper than TV) or 12Mpbs for $59.00 which is what I pay now. 12Mbps is still plenty fast and no cap. I’m a bandwidth snob and will more than likely go for the $99.00 service.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
I haven’t had time to review or weigh in on Citrix’s announcement on dropping support for OpenStack and embracing CloudStack. I know since the announcement OpenStack has had a couple of major wins but I don’t think they come close to offsetting the loss of Citrix in the camp.
Citrix really wants to compete in the datacenter with VMware. At the same time VMware is making a compelling argument for their Cloud ecosystem. If you are looking at rolling a private cloud and you already have a vSphere infrastructure it’s difficult to weed through all the commercial options and the basically non-existent open source options for a VMWare environment. vCloud becomes the defacto option when you don’t have months to research alternatives. This puts Citrix at a handicap when it comes to competing in the data center and the private cloud.
I believe the Citrix move is positioned to help those who haven’t already invested heavily into VMware and are considering both a virtualization and cloud strategy a compelling option. I commented earlier on the progress of the OpenStack platform and how far they have to go. Citrix can’t afford to wait on the platform to mature.
If Citrix executes well they will have a great story to tell customers about potential seamless integration with AWS. I think Citrix looks at Amazon more of a partner than VMware does. The ability to provide surge capability of your XenServer based private cloud to AWS is enticing.
So MS announced a 20% reduction in the base price of Office 365. I’m not a user of either Google Docs or Office 365. I do use both gMail and Microsoft’s legacy hosted Exchange. But as for office productivity I’ve stuck with my bloated desktop apps and I’m pretty happy.
I received an advertisement from Microsoft highlighting the superiority of Office 365 to Google Docs. They provided a link to the same documented hosted on both platforms to provide a comparison of the formatting differences.
Office Web Apps:
Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1woLz_vYkV7_YUz1kMU5OyqvD7y9TANJ3BJ6_5KyQPYk/preview?hl=en&ndplr=1&pli=1&sle=true#
This is a great document but obviously formatted to benefit the 365 argument. I’m skeptical but would like to know what your experience has been with either product.
I’ve been wanting to start posting training video’s and this is a first for the blog. This is an introduction to cloud computing which helps to differentiate Cloud Computing vs Virtualization. Feedback here or on youtube is appreciated.
Zdnet has an interesting debate about Hyper-V 3 on Windows Server 8 vs. vSphere 5.0. Hyper-V to this point has been a great value play for organizations that didn’t have huge management requirements for their virtualized environment. It’s support for Linux has actually improved a lot as well.
But I think it’s unreasonable to think the Windows 8 will have an sizable impact on VMware’s market share in the short term (next 1 or so). I don’t see the argument for a OS that’s not scheduled to be released this year. Microsoft has a poor track record of delivering all the features shipped in beta as part of the production release. I just can’t see myself making a decision based on the promises of a not yet shipped product.
With that said, I look forward to the release of Windows 8 (client and server) and the push it will give VMware on both innovation and price. It’s time someone shook up the market and brought real competition to this space.
So, if you work for a publically traded company, health care organization, financial services company or government you may have had to deal with some type of encryption strategy for your mobile devices or removable devices. There are plenty of enterprise encryption products on the market that can assist with this basic security need.
Also, more than likely you’ve also had to deal with some type of e-discovery. When your corporation controls the keys then it’s not too much of a big deal. You can comply with court mandated discovery requests since you have the keys (at least you should). But what happens when an employee encrypts the data themselves using pretty powerful technology such as trucrypt?
What happens if your organization is sued and your employee or ex-employee refuses to give up the key? Worst yet what happens if you sue the ex-employee? Does your organization have a policy when it comes to data encryption and key rights? Also, what technical solutions can you put in place to ensure data is not encrypted via unsupported methods in your environment.