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Amazon Pricing Should Be Customer-Centric

Today, I had a very interesting discussion with Rich Miller, a consulting colleague who has been around the block more than a few times. One of the interesting points he raised is that Amazon’s AWS pricing doesn’t quite work for … Continue reading

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The Problem with Serverless Is Packaging

Serverless. Framework-as-a-Service. Function-as-a-Service. Lambda. Compute Functions. Whatever you call it, serverless is, to some degree, a natural evolution of application management. In the 90s, we had our own server rooms, managed our own servers and power and cooling and security, … Continue reading

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Whence Serverless Cloud? It’s About the Market.

I love tech. Despite an MBA and a decade of consulting and running a start-up or two, deep down, I always will be an engineer. One of the most important lessons I learned as a young engineer 20 years ago … Continue reading

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Bare Metal Cloud

Infrastructure-as-a-Service, cloud servers, whatever you call them, have been around for years. Amazon is the clear leader in the pack (and, according to Simon Wardley, is likely to remain so for a long time), with others like Rackspace, Google Compute Engine, … Continue reading

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Pricing Inversions, or Smart vs. Lucky

Pricing is one of the most important – and mysterious – parts of a business. Price too high, and you lose customers; price too low, and you leave lots of profit on the table. An entire price consulting industry exists, with … Continue reading

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For the Love of Brilliant Advertising

Great technology companies have been built on advertising: Google, Facebook, Yahoo (in the old days), not to mention many a magazine, newspaper and television network. I have always loved the operational side of ad networks. They require building and managing a systems whose data throughput … Continue reading

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Nimbleness of Scale

In business, there are two benefits that accumulate to large or diversified companies: Economies of Scale Economies of Scope Economies of Scale are the benefits of from doing more of the same. If you make 10MM laptops a year, your cost per computer will be cheaper … Continue reading

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Whence Private Clouds, and Why Amazon and Google Should Spin Off Cloud

After our article last week discussing the economics of moving into AWS vs. do-it-yourself (DIY), Jim Stogdill wrote an excellent follow-up about when enterprises aren’t moving into the public cloud; Simon Wardley – whose strategic situational awareness mapping is in a category by itself and should … Continue reading

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Does Amazon Web Services Pricing Follow Moore’s Law?

Yesterday’s article on the short life span of premium (and especially ultra-premium) pricing led to a robust discussion on Hacker News. In the article, I used Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an example of a company that actively tries to cannibalize itself. A … Continue reading

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Premium Pricing Just Doesn’t Last

If there is one truism in the technology market, it is that premium pricing just doesn’t last. If you are first to succeed in a new market – which is distinct from first to a market – then you often … Continue reading

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