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New Google Cloud Storage Service Points To Vendor Lock-In Problems

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news#Trends alex williams Google’s announcement to offer cloud-based storage is in many respects an exciting development but it also illuminates the lock-in issue and why many an enterprise is reticent about adopting cloud computing.We heard one of the clearest discussions on the issue today at the Webvisions conference in Portland by two senior engineers from Yahoo! and Facebook.The Cloud’s Hidden Lock-in: Network LatencyGoogle announced this week that it is offering its own storage service. It will compete directly with services from companies such as Amazon.But the ability to transfer data between cloud services is pretty much nonexistent. It’s in most part due to the lack of reciprocal or peering agreements between services. Vint Cerf says it is much like 1973. We have no standards for moving data around. The vendors need to start working together so customers may easily move information between services. Until then, the market will remain reticent about using cloud computing services.As Tom Hughes-Croucher of Yahoo! and Carlos Bueno of Facebook explained, the issues comes down to latency and metering. What’s needed are peering agreements, compatibility; portability and better infrastructure.The two compare cloud computing to the earliest days of mail delivery when a network did not exist to get letters from one location to another. From the need to deliver mail came peering in the form of reciprocal agreements and flat rates. Mail began to be charged by weight. Address standards emerged. Enveloped and stamps standards allowed for better portability and the emergence of trains and steamships meant an improvement in infrastructure.Today, we need cloud peering in the form of reciprocal agreements and flat rates. Compatibility means open API’s and formats. Portability is about standard virtual machines and images. And better infrastructure is needed to reduce inter-cloud latency.It’s not tremendously complicated. Peering agreements can be relatively simple. Peering should be simplified as most data centers are clustered in specific geographic regions. Hughes-Croucher and Bueno point to the effects on carriers when SMS messages could freely flow between the networks. SMS message volume increased anywhere from 250% to 900% in the span of a short six months.The lock-in issue is a major reason why many enterprise are reticent about adopting cloud computing.Google will most likely do very well with its storage service. But we can only imagine what effects may occur if we remove the lock-in barriers that we now have in place. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Being Comfortable in the Gray

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Most things aren’t black or white. They aren’t either/or. Most things live somewhere in the middle of a continuum. This is why all generalizations are lies.We like to talk about ideas as if they’re all universals. And there are surely some universal principles that can’t easily be broken, like gravity. But most of the situations we encounter in business and in sales aren’t black or white. They live somewhere in the gray.The right approach with a customer at the beginning of the sales cycle isn’t always to diagnose their needs (although it is to discover dissatisfaction), nor is it always right to challenge the customer with your new insight. There are different stakeholders within your client companies, and some of them will have ideas about what they want, while others will be more interested in hearing from you. We take our opportunities as they lie.Much of the time it’s a good idea to diagnose before you present. But sometimes you need to demonstrate your capabilities before you’re even allowed to diagnose. Sometimes the right approach is to occupy gray area.Your sales process outlines all of the steps you take and the commitments you need to move from target and close. It’s the ideal. It’s supposed to be a universal. But following your sales process can occasionally lead you to a stalled or lost opportunity. Sometimes doing what would customarily work is exactly what costs you an opportunity. Instead of doing what normally works, you from time to time need to do something different to get the outcome you need.Your clients and prospects are different, they have different needs, and they want you to create value for them in different ways. You have to be comfortable in the gray.The more you understand about sales, the more you understand about the buying cycle, and the more different processes and methodologies you have available to you, the more comfortable you are living in the gray. Living in the gray gives you more choices. It allows you to be flexible in your approach. You can respond in a way that gets you the outcome you need.Most of us are uncomfortable in the gray. We’re happier believing there is always one right answer. But there isn’t one right answer. There are a lot of right answers and a lot of ways to get those answers.QuestionsWhat do want to believe is either black or white?Why is does uncertainty make you so uncomfortable?Do you always approach your clients as if some certain set of assumptions are true?What do you do when those assumptions turn out to be wrong?What could you do to improve your ability to be more flexible in your approach?last_img read more

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Cignal back on winning track with rout of AMA

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Raymar Jose just missed out on a double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the win.Coach Boyet Fernandez was glad with how Cignal responded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino, 66-65 last Thursday, noting that at the team knows how important the games are especially with the loaded schedule they have in the first three weeks of the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just a little tired, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track,” he said. “We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer.”Potts got things going in the first quarter as he strung eight points to allow the Hawkeyes to take a 22-16 lead before they pulled away in the ensuing frames and grab a lead as high as 25, 64-39, with a Simon Atkins fastbreak with 1:25 left in the third period. Paolo Pontejos got himself going for AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.Andre Paras impressed in his first game for the Titans, winding up with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes of play.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 86 – Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0.AMA 76 – Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Davon Potts. PBA IMAGESCignal HD pounced on AMA Online Education with a wire-to-wire 86-76 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Davon Potts led the way for the Hawkeyes as he fired 17 points and three rebounds, while Pamboy Raymundo unfurled 16 markers and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriorscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

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