The weekend review: A guide to IaaS, a tribute to Mossberg and more

It’s the final stretch of 2013 and we’re getting ready to wrap up the year with our look-backs and forecasts for 2014. And speaking of looking ahead, we just announced the first batch of tickets, topics, and speakers for Structure:Data, which will take place in New York City on March 19-20, 2014. Buy yourself a holiday present and be sure to snag an early bird ticket before they sell out. In the meantime, settle down for some deep dives this week: Gigaom Research readers took an intense look at a how-to guide for Infrastructure as a Service, how to use sensors to smarten up your supply chain, and a quick retrospective of Walt Mossberg’s influence on the tech world.

First, in “Infrastructure-as-a-Service basics: a guide for IT pros,” Janakiram MSV takes a look at the IaaS market, which is growing at a significant rate, even compared to its cohorts like Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). As the name implies, Janakiram’s report provides a comprehensive guide for IT decision makers who are considering a public cloud IaaS instance and provider, including a brief history of the IaaS market and the types of vendors in the ecosystem, important factors that need to be considered when choosing IaaS. He also provides a detailed list of key players (such as AWS and Rackspace) in today’s market, along with a side-by-side comparison of platforms that enterprise customers should consider.

Next, in “The Mossberg Consumer,”¬†his latest analyst blog post, Michael Wolf pays tribute to Walter Mossberg, the veteran technology writer, who published his last column for the Wall Street Journal earlier this week. Wolf reflects on Mossberg’s 20+ years of technology reviews, creating the so-called Mossberg consumer¬†“by writing for non-technical consumers as his first and only audience.” As a technology analyst, Wolf posits that this “Mossberg consumer” is a vital barometer for the technology market at large – an industry that relies upon the everyday buyer instead of niche-market fanboys and early adopters.

Last, in “Internet of things: sensors and the supply chain,” Mike Dover takes a look at one of the key pieces of hardware driving the internet of things: sensors. In his report, which is targeted for IT buyers, Dover looks specifically at the role of sensors in the supply chain, particularly perishable and fragile goods; by using sensors to gather real-time data, companies can improve throughput times, better meet customer demand, and reduce stockouts and maximize revenue. Dover includes use cases from companies like Union Pacific, an overview of what sensors can manage and track, and the benefits and challenges of integrating sensors and technology powered by the internet of things into a company’s supply chain.

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