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Wall Street debates: just how do you value data center stocks?



21 February 2013 – A favorable feature article in Barron’s can lift some stocks with a “Barron’s Bounce,” while a tough critique will also be felt in the markets. Last Saturday Barron’s followed up on a slide in Rackspace shares by taking a critical look at the methods used to value data center companies on Wall Street. That kicked off a series of articles in the financial press and blogosphere debating the merit of data center investments.

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Clouds Vs. Outsourcing: The Next Battleground

20 October 2011 – IBM, HP, and other established vendors entering cloud computing are often already outsourcing partners to the firms that are now frequently looking for an infrastructure service provider. But that doesn’t mean they have an inside track on the business. They do not. Established vendors are going to face stiff competition for outsourcing business from the new infrastructure  providers: Amazon, Rackspace, and others, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“Service providers in the IT outsourcing space have, after all, profited handsomely by taking on their customers’ highly complex, one-off collections of IT assets and finding ways to manage them more efficiently than their customers are able to,” states the Pricewaterhouse report.

“But the essence of cloud computing is a move towards highly standardized racks of commodity servers,” with software that manages the racks and allows customers to run applications on them through self-service. “Where’s the IT outsourcing opportunity in that?” said the report, sponsored by Mike Pearl, partner and cloud computing leader at PriceWaterhouse.

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Is a Cloud Computing World Flatter, Faster, and More Fun? Lanham Napier of Rackspace Thinks So

3 October 2011 – Napier, CEO of the $780 million hosting company Rackspace, spoke with Techonomy’s Adam Ludwig about the present and future of cloud computing.

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Capitalizing on the Cloud

17 August 2011 – Many of technology’s heavy hitters seem to find solace in the inclusion of “cloud” in the products or services they offer. The most obvious example would be from Steve Jobs’ marketing masters at Apple, now employed in the iCloud. But, be sure to add to that list the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Google’s Cloud Print and Cloud Connect, Rackspace Cloud, and the domain name sure to inspire cloud-envy,, recently purchased by Citrix for much more than a cool million. Even open source is adding its name to the roll call, with Red Hat Cloud and Ubuntu Cloud. Circling back to Apple, whose cloud supremacy is self-assured, note that Amazon has released its Kindle Cloud Reader, proudly obscuring the iPad screen it sits upon. But I have to harbor a certain admiration for the hubris of a Microsoft Azure, which seems to promise you the sky in which all the clouds are moving.

The more conservative marketplace of legal technology has its own cloud riders to welcome CloudNine Discovery. There’s Nextpoint, which offers Cloud Preservation for … Read more

Is This the Best Cloud-Computing Stock Right Now?

7 August 2011 – Stocks benefiting from the cloud-computing revolution have taken their share of lumps lately.  Signs of hope aren’t easy to find, unless you’re looking in the relatively low-tech metropolis of San Antonio, Texas. There you’ll find Rackspace Hosting, whose servers host the Web infrastructures of more than 150,000 companies at last count, including such diverse companies as Domino’s Pizza and Newell Rubbermaid.

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What’s a Cloud Play?

28 July 2011 – Fact is, enterprise computing and cloud computing are different beasts. Cloud computing is a very specific technology which combines distributed computing, virtualization, and shared network storage into a single system that can deliver its power to any single application which needs it. Google spent much of the last decade scaling its data centers to make them clouds. The race is now on to commercialize the technology, and the tools used to create it.

When a vendor just delivers this basic capability, that is infrastructure as a service. Amazon is an IaaS play. When a vendor also delivers tools for building applications within this infrastructure, that’s platform as a service. Microsoft pushes Azure as a PaaS play.

A few software companies are now trying to “productize” the cloud, with software “stacks” which imitate what these clouds can do. These are the truest of the cloud plays.Thus VMWare, Citrix, Rackspace and RedHat are cloud plays.

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Opani: social supercomputing in the cloud

6 May 2011 – Opani is a cloud platform for analyzing large data sets. The idea is that you upload your data and then Opani helps you determine how many servers you need to process the data in the timeframe you specify. It then spins up the servers and automatically winds them down when the job is done. You can then download the results, or share them on the Opani Gallery. Opani runs on Rackspace’s infrastructure and supports tools such as R, Octave, Matlab and Python.  There are free plans for public projects. Rates for private projects vary.

For more and examples of data analyzed with Opani click here.

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