Actions may speak louder than words, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to talk about your actions either: Google just explained how Google Fiber does peering — a clear stab at the big competitors that prefer paid peering deals.
Upstart Aereo is taking on the TV industry from a single floor in Brooklyn where it has stuffed thousands of tiny antennas and top notch transcoders and servers. Here’s a primer on how it works — plus some pictures from the inside.
In the last two years global internet capacity has roughly doubled to reach 77 terabits per second, but the rate of capacity growth is now slowing. That doesn’t mean investment in broadband networks will stop anytime soon, but maybe network operators can catch their breaths.
Amazon’s Eucalyptus deal, which gives it a better hybrid cloud story and solidifies the dominance of the AWS API, plus the ever-growing AWS feature set, aren’t necessarily all good news to PaaS and other partners that run their services on Amazon infrastructure.
Akamai’s latest product lets operators take over their own content delivery network, using Akamai’s software but not its boxes. This is a huge change in Akamai’s business. The shift and the reasons for it offer clues about the evolution and domestication of the web.
In a consolidation of content delivery network players, Akamai is buying rival Cotendo. The $268 million cash deal is expected to close in the first half of 2012. Akamai is the legacy power in CDN, while Cotendo was seen as a leaner upstart.
Forget Google and the other web giants. What content delivery specialists like Appcelerator, Cotendo and Urban Airship really worry about is the growing fragmentation of the web software stack they work with and potentially crippling patent litigation that makes everyone nervous.
Gavin Clarke at The Register has reawoken earlier suggestions that Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure play some role in delivering data to customers of Apple’s forthcoming iCloud. Rather than merely serving as a content delivery network (CDN) for iCloud, comments from Clarke’s sources now appear to suggest that both Amazon and Microsoft are storing and serving customer data; their cloud services underpin iCloud. It can obviously make perfect sense for a deliverer of end-user experience like Apple to rely upon more expert third parties to run the plumbing… but if the roles of Microsoft and Amazon are bigger than originally thought, what’s that great big data center of Apple’s for? Why not simply let third party infrastructure do most of the work, and just keep a tight rein over service levels and user experience with some penalty-laden contractual relationships?
Yottaa today announced its Yottaa Optimizer service, which promises to improve website performance by leveraging a global network of cloud servers. Yotta claims the service delivers results “with just a few clicks,” which would make it a welcome alternative to CDN technologies.
All you Palm (s palm) Pre owners out there who’ve been wishing you could use Skype on your handset can stand down. A web-based app has been released that allows full use of Skype on the handset. The program, IM+, has been around for a good while but this Pre version is brand new.
The app is web-based and all you have to do is visit s4palm.com on your Pre mobile browser. This takes you to a Skype login page, and once you’ve logged in, you can Skype away. This is not a Skype app; it is strictly run in the Pre’s browser. It uses SkypeOut minutes to make calls and supports both text and audio chats to Skype contacts.
The program is free to use for 10 days and a lifetime fee of $9.99 gets you continued usage of IM+.