Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Distribution of sales of email Hygene Services USA 2008

For the last 5 years we at BackChannel have been tracking the use of email hygiene services by organisations around the world.
We started with Messagelabs - now Symantec.cloud, Frontbridge - now Microsoft, Postini, MXLogic - now McAfee, Blackspider - now Websense in the USA and UK.  Over the intervening years we went on to include new and upcoming players like Google, Mimecast, Trend & zScaler and our range of deeply profiled regions expanded to 17 including France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Scandinavia.
Today we track the use of 40+ services by over 1 million organisations in upwards of 50 countries.
We are proud to have been able to help many of these companies achieve  sales and business development goals and in some cases to support company valuations and investment rounds.
We will shortly be releasing our January 2012 Analysis of the use of these services and we will post our findings for the Fortune Global 500 companies here on this blog.
In the mean time here is a fun interactive 2008 chart showing state by state distribution of the sales by those key players. Have fun comparing them and pondering on why Messagelabs was strong on the East Coast and Postini in the West.

2008 USA email hygiene service sales, by state.

Those of you who know us well may know that we also profile the use of all major telecoms services including Access, Hosting and CDN services.  So if you are interested in the services used by a customer or competitor, if you are selling into these markets or if your a CIO who wants to know what their company really buys around the globe; why not contact us on +44 (0)1223 968481 and see what an innovative  Cambridge company can add to the mix.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fortune Global 500

500 Companies
20,000 divisions and subsidiaries
$20 trillion dollars of turnover

Every year this exclusive group of the worlds biggest companies buys $740bn of Telecoms services.

Ever wondered where the Fortune Global 500 spend that colossal telecoms budget?  BackChannel has been busy finding out.

In the new year we will start to reveal all...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Virtual Machine Company Server replacements lower cost of service delivery

These guys are starting to pop up a lot in the UK.  Their Hyper-dense virtualization appliance is a turnkey replacement for commodity servers and being able to run more VMs in less power and cooling is a great message for these tough times in the hosting world.  Worth a look

Virtual Machine Company announces next-generation virtualization appliances

The following release was sent today to coincide with the release of our latest range of Hyper-dense server virtualization appliances
  • outperforms all current commercial and custom-built servers in independent Geekbench power and performance testing1
  • comfortably runs more virtual machines and delivers class-leading savings on energy, cooling, software licensing, and datacentre real estate
  • the worlds fastest, most cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly commercial computing platform
April 12, 2011 Cambridge, UK
The Virtual Machine Company (VMC) today announced the launch of the next generation of its server virtualization appliances.
Built around the latest AMD 12-core processors, with highly-optimised RAM options up to 512 gigabytes, and fast and cool solid-state storage, the two new servers can host unprecedented numbers of virtual machines running the most demanding commercial computing applications.
The new VMC appliances use less power, require fewer software licenses, and take up less rack-space space than anything else on the market.
For example, a mid-range 24 Core, 192 Gb RAM VMC virtualization appliance comfortably accommodates 50 or more virtual machines running processor and memory-intensive applications of the kind usually confined to non-virtual environments; tasks such as rendering video, enterprise-scale databases, and huge FTP batch operations. All of this while consuming less than 307 watts (1.43 amps) at peak loading. Average power consumption for competitor machines delivering this much firepower is more than 900 watts.
Virtual Machine Company Head of R&D, Nick Hutton, said:
This is exciting, high-performance computing meets boring stability and cost-effectiveness. The top of the Geekbench league table is usually dominated by "custom rigs" built by clever enthusiasts or researchers. I am proud of our development team for productising and normalising unrivalled power and performance with such impressive stability and economy.
AMD Head of Commercial Marketing EMEA, Stefano Chiavegati, commented:
We developed the AMD Opteron 6100 Series processor to meet 21st Century commercial computing demands for the optimum balance between power, reliability, cost and environmental considerations. The Virtual Machine Companys Server Virtualization Appliances tick all of those boxes and more.
1 http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/top

Fewer software licences

VMware requires an expensive licence for every pair of processors. Because the new VMC virtualisation appliances use AMDs processor core-dense CPUs, the licence-to-virtual-machine ratio becomes much more favourable. For example, when virtualising an estate of 240 servers running Windows Server, one customer saved an additional £180,000 in year-one capital expenditure by using VMC Virtualisation Appliances to deliver a hyper-dense solution.

Models and configurations

Two standard appliances are available with additional configuration options
  • VA 1200 Series Server Virtualization Appliance: 1U, Dual Processor 24 Core minimum configuration 64GB RAM
  • VA 2400 Series Server Virtualization Appliance: 2U, Dual Processor 48 Core minimum configuration 128GB RAM
  • For detailed technical specifications please visit: www.virtualmachineco.com/virtualization_appliances.htm

Pricing and availability

The new VMC 1200 Series Appliance is available immediately with a base configuration price of £9,500. The VMC 2400 Series Appliance will ship at 2011 with prices starting at £15,500.
VMC Appliances are available in through VMC's exclusive distributor, Computerlinks http://www.computerlinks.co.uk/


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Orange Huawei so good you pay for it twice!

Sorry for the lack of recent posts but we're up to our ears in the latest development project - A complete profile of the Fortune Global 500.  We are busy profiling the telecoms & IP services used by the 325,000 companies, subsidiary companies and regional offices that make up the index.

But I couldn;t let this one pass.

Well here is a great story on TelecomTV.  Huawei and Orange are offering a Signal Booster service on all the new Huawei Android phones that switches the cellular traffic out via your wifi, so if you have no phone signal in the house you can still use your mobile... Genius you cry!!

Except it's not - you have to pay for the call, at your normal network rate even though you are using your own broadband connection saving Orange a packet (sic).

I use Skype, a lot, and when I am in the house I route my DDI calls to the Skype on my iPhone and I make international calls outbound same way.

Give it a go it works a treat

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Further disruption to Middle-East Internet Services

Interruptions to Middle Eastern Internet services seem to be a bit of a theme over the last few years; but when you actually look at the maps of the undersea networks in the area you get to see something of the scale of the difficulty. In the same way as virtually all trade with the East used to go through the old Silk Route the modern day equivalent is a cluster of submarine cable systems in and around the Red and Arabian Seas.

Here are very few submarine cable maps that you might find interesting.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Experience with Cloud Computing after earthquake in Japan

While the Email and Web servers of local governments in the effected areas of Japan went down last month, government staff utilised Social Media technologies on the cloud, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, to communicate with Japanese citizens.

The resiliency and the effectiveness of these Cloud providers in sustaining and enabling collaboration has been pretty impressive in enabling communications in very difficult circumstances and has done a lot to boost peoples positive view of Cloud services.  Whether it is Japanese Government officials using Twitter from their mobiles, or Libyans using dial up Modems to access Facebook. 

Lately I have read a number of comments suggesting that it is the resiliency of the Cloud that has been the facilitator, it hasn't it is the underlying architecture of the Internet.

Internet is Internet; a global IP based network, resilient self healing and designed to survive a global nuclear war.  On top of which IP has had over 45 years of open development through groups like the IETF.

Cloud however is a philosophy of moving services to a more cost effective shared infrastructure where you gain the advantages economies of scale available there.  At the moment what most people talk about as Cloud are a series of commercial services accessible over the Internet, developed to varying levels of resilience and vulnerable to influences such as the financial failure of the provider, the law, change in corporate direction; EMC briefly switched off their Atmos storage cloud service last year, before reopening it again almost immediately.  

Whilst it is true that Twitter/Facebook etc are well managed, backed up, accessible and generally robust . We are a long way from the reality of bespoke Cloud delivered services for business that cannot be disrupted, switched off or simply become inaccessible.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Hosted email security: The 2011 market report - Now in it's 5th year

Your opportunity to find out who's using these services, who's winning market share and who's falling behind.

Now in it's 5th year BackChannel's flagship survey has been expanded again to cover the use of hosted email hygiene services amongst a million organisations & businesses in 17 key countries.

The reports covers 40+ service providers including all your favourites; Messagelabs, Microsoft, Google/Postini, Webroot and many localised service providers you may not have heard.

It's been an interesting and turbulent year find out who's up, who's down and whether those $100s of millions spent on acquisitions in this sector are paying off.

A must read for executives, investors and any business involved in the delivery or purchase of email security products and services.

Interested in sourcing a copy then drop me a mail and either me or one of the BackChannel team will get back to you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LTE promises 100Mbps mobile handset, with 180 operators investing in 70 countries

LTE, or Long Term Evolution, will hopefully lead us to That state of ubiquitous of connected Nirvana at some point; but don't hold your breath.  Verizon in the US is delivering an average of 8Mbps in some urban areas.  

But as tha GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) reports 180 operators investing in LTE in 70 countries and the EU Government promising to invest in an LTE infrastructure for Europe, maybe we could all be using up our 5Gb a month data allowance in a single morning rather sooner than you might think.

Research from GSA  Updated 'Evolution to LTE' report published has confirmed LTE as the fastest developing system in the history of mobile telecommunications.

LTE operator commitments are developing faster than they did for HSPA, which until now had been the fastest developing mobile communications system.

The report confirms 128 firm operator commitments to deploy commercial LTE systems in 52 countries, and a further 52 “pre-commitment” trials or pilots in an additional 18 countries.

The report covers both LTE FDD and LTE TDD modes.

The number of operators investing in LTE in deployments or trials has increased by more than 140% over the past 12 months. The number of countries where LTE systems are deployed or planned has increased by 85% in the same period.

It's anticipated that at least 64 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2012, according to the report.

The LTE eco-system is rapidly developing. User devices are now coming into the market in increasing numbers and addressing all product segments including USB modems/dongles, PC cards, routers, personal WiFi hotspots, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and more.

All I can say is sooner the better at the moment most of the world is stuck in a halfway house where mobile devices show massive promise but all to often just don't deliver the goods.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Start the New Year with a little light rock

Here at BackChannel we hope everyone's new year is off to a great start.
I thought we'd start off as we mean to go on with a little light entertainment.
Not exactly music of the spheres, more music of the servers. But, very entertaining.
This year we are researching the use of Virtualisation Technologies in commercial datacentres.  So say tuned...