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The Death of Net Neutrality?

December 15, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

I ran across an interesting article in the Dec 15 Wall Street Journal on Google’s attempts to negotiate a “fast lane” with service providers for its content. The same article also notes that both Microsoft and Yahoo have softened their support for net neutrality. First of all, what do you think about net neutrality--the death of the internet or is it necessary to fund the next round of investment--do you even care? Second, what are the implications for cloud computing? I can think of a couple of scenarios:1) “Fast lane” type SLAs will give businesses the comfort level they need to try moving workloads into the cloud--similarly, more bankable transport will accelerate federated or intra-cloud movement of workloads2) The incremental costs of “fast lane” transport will weaken the ROI of cloud computing and slow things downCertainly, Google’s plan to co-lo at the edge should open up some interesting options and would seem to force the hand of the other players.

So What is Data Center 3.0? An Update…

Based on our conversations at the C-Scape event this week, or #cscape for Twitter users, we made this quick video explaining the evolution of our portfolio and a bit about what we see happening in the data center, virtualization, and cloud computing markets. dg

An interesting thought/attribution from the analyst community…

Andreas Antonopoulos from Nemertes research recently wrote a piece on ‘anti-routing’ an interesting taxonomy and construct, but quite intriguing…

Cloud Security, commentary on a GigaOm article…

Alistair over at GigaOm penned an interesting piece on the role of security in the cloud. Alistair raises some interesting points- that since there are less humans involved in cloud architectures, that processes are more stringent, and that it is not your employees these architectures can be trusted more implicitly. I would say ‘I agree IF…’ (big IF)… Read More »

Growing into Market Adjacencies

I am at our C-scape Industry analyst conference today. The in-person event is at the Fairmont in San Jose, while this year we are also bringing it over the network to those who could not travel for the event. The role of an industry analyst is critical during this period of economic turbulence. Cisco uses times like this to invest into adjacent markets, looking for markets that may have been stagnant on technology innovation and where the innovations we can bring enable customer value with the key value propositions today being extending the lifecycle of capital assets the customer already has, deferring significant new capital aset outlays for a period of years, and thus reducing and deferring incremental operational expenses. Read More »