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Report: Virtual public cloud falls short on price and performance needs

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There’s no question that virtualized public clouds have revolutionized the technology landscape, giving cloud-savvy companies the leverage to scale at the speed of business while minimizing up-front operating expenses, reducing complexity and only paying for the capacity they need.

However, for certain types of applications, virtualized public clouds can present significant performance limitations due to the multi-tenant environment and processing overhead of the hypervisor layer, especially as traffic levels scale. This is particularly significant for the emerging generation of fast, big data applications, such as those that enable personalization and targeting through customer insights, social analytics and transactional analysis.

These applications require public cloud infrastructure that can guarantee consistently high speed and ultra-low latency to enable massive amounts of uninterrupted data ingestion and real-time analysis, as well as cost-efficiency at scale.

Amid these new pressures on traditional public cloud services, Internap surveyed nearly 250 internet infrastructure decision-makers to gain insight…

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Why Amazon’s Fire Phone doesn’t really impress me (yet)

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After years of whispers, rumors, and speculation, Amazon(s AMZN) has entered the smartphone market. The giant e-tailer turned hardware maker launched the Amazon Fire Phone on Wednesday, with CEO Jeff Bezos showing off some of the handset’s innovations. AT&T(s t) is the exclusive launch partner, offering the phone for pre-order now with July 25 shipping starting at $199 on-contract or as low as $27.09 a month with zero up front.

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Amazon seemed to want to show off its hardware chops

I followed our live blog of the event, deftly handled by Laura Hazard Owen and Kevin Fitchard, so I haven’t yet seen what they saw at the event. Once a review unit arrives, perhaps I’ll change my mind — and I reserve the right to do so! — but at the moment, I’m not overly impressed by the Fire Phone. It seems like after waiting so long to jump…

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Airbnb wants to recommend trips to users before they even start to search for them

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As a company that books more than a million guests into rooms, apartments, houses and other accommodations every month, Airbnb has a ton of data to work with about everything from the length of a person’s trip to the kind of house they prefer when they travel. Vice President of Engineering Mike Curtis told the Structure conference in San Francisco that the future is in using that data to help predict what kind of accommodation someone might like, before they have even expressed a preference.

“The really interesting things we’re working on are search and personalization and matching, so that we can make a recommendation that will be so spot on that you don’t even have to go through the process of searching through the listings,” Curtis said Wednesday. Figuring out whether a guest and a host would be a good fit is “actually a really interesting data problem,” he…

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Your options for buying and connecting the Amazon Fire phone

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If you’re looking to get your hands on Amazon’s (s amzn) Fire Phone on July 25, AT&T is providing several options to connect it. And despite the fact that AT&T has an exclusive on the phone, you might eventually be able to connect it to T-Mobile’s network if you’re willing to pay for a full-cost version of the device.

First off, let’s take a look at AT&T’s options. AT&T is basically using every tool in its pricing arsenal to sell the device. Here’s how they break down:

  • $650 for the 32-GB version or $750 for the 64-GB phone. If you buy the device up front you don’t have to worry about contracts or device installments. You can also take advantage of AT&T’s discounted Mobile Share Value pricing, which would save you a considerable amount on your monthly bills.
  • $199 (32 GB) or $299  (64 GB) with a two-year…

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To the cloud, right? Actually, it’s not always that simple

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More than halfway through Day One of Structure 2014, one could be forgiven for thinking that the march to cloud computing is inevitable. But not all companies, businesses and computing workloads are created equal.

Two speakers Wednesday afternoon told two different tales of enterprise computing strategy. Stephen Felisan, vice president of engineering at car shopping website Edmunds.com, recently moved his company from managing co-located servers to Amazon Web Services. “It wasn’t about price,” he said, referring to the usual notion that building and maintaining your own server infrastructure is a pain. “The big catalyst that really set our migration was the fact that we had reached power density in our data center,” he said.

However, Anthony Skinner, CTO at search and social marketing company Moz, just went the other way: “at one point we were (AWS’s) second or third largest customer,” he said. But Moz decided to build its…

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