Last night I spent a couple of hours going over our personal finances which
included me spending some time on the American Express customer portal.
Amex does a good job of letting you on their portal where you could be buying
to maximize your membership rewards points. They will often tell you things
like “Buy at FTD.com and earn double points” (I don’t know if FTD.com
is actually a partner, I’m just using this as an example). The airlines
do this as well, letting you earn points if you purchase online from certain
I think its great that Amex, the airlines, and whomever else, is giving me
the chance to earn additional rewards points, but when I am going to purchase
something online, I never check americanexpress.com and AA.com before buying
whatever it is I am planning on buying. So I have no idea where I should be
buying to get these extra points. M... (more)
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Although cloud computing provides financial benefits like reduction of CAPEX
and the ability to pay-as-you-go, organizations will still need a reasonable
amount of granularity in the reporting of cloud usage and the ability to map
that usage into a financial chargeback model that makes sense.
Amazon has gone live with Windows support in the EC2 cloud while at the same
time announcing a private beta for some new scaling and load balancing
features. These features will certainly be useful for the smaller customers
of EC2, but my guess is that those features were ... (more)
Content delivery networks/CDNs want to provide end users the best possible
performance and quality – often delivering high volume video or data files.
Traditionally CDNs build large storage arrays and processing systems within
data centers, preferably adjacent to either a carrier hotel meet-me-room or
Internet Exchange Point/IXP.Sometimes supported by bundles of 10Gigabit ports
connecting their storage to networks and the IXP.
Lots of recent discussion on topics such as Fiber Channel over Ethernet/FCoE
and Fiber Channel over IP/FCoIP.
Not good enough. I want the SSD manufacturers ... (more)
Much of the focus in the technology press on Enterprise 2.0 platforms has
been on the similarity of these tools to public social networking systems
like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
One consequence of this similarity, and one that’s being missed by the tech
press and venture investors, is that these platforms make it possible for an
employee at any organization to build an internal personal brand.
I believe over time (3-5 years) that employees will view their internal brand
as critical to their success within the company, and the forward thinking
ones will put significant effort into ... (more)
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Cisco is getting into the server business, says NYTimes.com. One could
argue that the writing was on the wall when Cisco announced their Nexus
virtual switch platform complete with deep VMware networking integration, but
now there are few doubts that Cisco has clear designs on owning a huge
portion of the cloud computing market.
It is important to note that Cisco is not going to be getting into the box
business (a commodity business with low gross margins). They are going to
leverage their current architecture to build blade systems. These blades
are bound... (more)