The state of broadband in the U.S. [infographic]

How do prices, speeds and rates of adoption for broadband in the U.S. stack up with the rest of the industralized world? Not as well as you might think. Here are some key facts on the state of broadband.

In cloud computing moves, money isn’t everything

A new survey of 600 large companies by Tata Consultancy Services shows that potential cost savings of a cloud computing move isn’t the primary motivation for a migration. Most companies simply want to standardize all of their applications and processes across their businesses.

AT&T data center sale highlights advantages of leasing

Arden Realty sells expensive data center to Griffin Capital. The sole tenant, AT&T, gets to continue to enjoy the benefits of leasing the facility in favor of owning it, avoiding the risks of data center ownership such as high taxes, carbon reporting issues and data privacy regulations.

Apple spending big next year on retail and cloud

Apple doesn’t willingly telegraph its plans, but thanks to the filing of its 10-K, we get a peek into where the company plans to invest. Based on the reported capital expenditures for 2012, it looks like it’s doubling down on its retail stores and cloud infrastructure.

Today in Cloud

Not so long ago, most pitches on the benefits of cloud computing began with either “save money” or “save the planet.” Both of those remain true, to a degree, but increasingly they’re being pushed down the benefits list in favour of “agility.” The cloud, the argument increasingly goes, makes it feasible for your business to be far more agile, far more nimble, and far more responsive to changing circumstance. Take, for example, these posts from the past few days. Writing for Wall Street & Technology, Melanie Rodier asserts that “Speed-to-Market Is Biggest Benefit Of Cloud Computing.” Over at SearchCloudComputing Carl Brooks is less convinced, opening with “it’s becoming clear that vendors are trying to change their tune to better suit their ambitions. The new byword is ‘agility’; the sell-siders would fain have you forget about that earlier golden calf, ‘operating expenses (opex) versus capital expenses (capex).'” A little harsh, perhaps, when those vendors may simply be adjusting a message based upon feedback from their customers. It’s also unfair, as the agility argument is surely more true? The opex/capex argument got vendors into the enterprise at a time when every budget was under scrutiny. The agility argument should be the one that keeps them there.

The Solid-State Future

Hard disk on fireEvery so often a new technology emerges that changes everything. In the world of storage, the last major media shift was the move to hard disk drives (HDDs) from tape. While tape is still around today as a target for backups and archiving (it’s cheap, durable, and portable for offsite storage), disk owns the vast majority of primary storage.

Today we find ourselves on the cusp of a transition in storage as massive as the move from tape to hard disk drives — the move from hard disks to solid-state disks. Read More about The Solid-State Future

Google CapEx Falls, Temporarily

Google spent just $452 million on equipment for its data centers, networks and other infrastructure in the third quarter, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2006, when Google spent $345 million.