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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/21/2017 10:46:21 AM
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Redundancy
It depends primarily if they're doing streaming as well as cable delivery (which most are, I think), but redundant cloud architecture is crucial to consistency, stability, and customer experience. Netflix's experience has demonstrated that.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/26/2017 5:55:39 AM
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Re: Redundancy
@Joe Stanganelli - I agree, it may not be necessary, but I can't see how it would at least be helpful to most companies. The cloud allows for a larger memory database, and the more "stock" a company can offer, the better off they'll be!

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 8:53:30 AM
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Re: Redundancy
@elizabethv. Good point. However, large companies can more easily move to the cloud versus smaller companies. It also boils down to good senior leadership. If you don't have leaders that have a good vision and don't have staff who keep up with technology you will lag behind.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/28/2017 2:25:30 PM
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Re: Redundancy
freehe, ElizabethV,

Of course one logical niche for many smaller companies is in repackaging rather than directly creating or distributing content -- and that is almost the quintessential cloud function. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/30/2017 11:50:22 AM
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Re: Redundancy
@freehe - good points. I think a lot of companies end up being held back by leadership that isn't willing to look at alternatives. If leadership isn't willing to do what it can to keep the company flexible to the market, they won't be successful. And realistic, that would probably be the case even if they did move to the cloud. If it isn't that area that would bring them down, it's likely another.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 6:00:23 PM
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Re: Redundancy
@freehe:

Makes sense. Larger companies have some process / guidelines established and this may as well be part of their goals. So that makes it easier for them. as you mentioned vision for Senior leaders is very important for such initiatives. They must understand the importance of these initiatives fo rthem to be able to justify bidgets.

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 8:51:59 AM
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Re: Redundancy
@Joe Stanganelli. I agree. It depends on the company's strategic plan. It also depends on the current and future needs of the company as well as their budget.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 5:57:01 PM
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Re: Redundancy
@freehe:

Agree with you. First and foremost this has to be in line with company's overall strategy. Then comes to the point of budget and company's needs.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/25/2017 9:01:09 PM
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Flexibility in the face of uncertainty
The exact what and how of consumer demand for video has so far proved to be completely unpredictable, and the menu of possible technologies is enormous. The old goal of locking in a low price or paying for infrastructure up front is about as dead as an idea can be (and really always has been; think of how silly it was that they gave Milton Berle a 30-year-contract at the dawn of television).  Material stuff has to be handled physically, which means people have to go to it, clean it, maintain it, replace it as the world changes. Virtual systems in the cloud move at very literal light speed.

It turns out that the old question about "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" -- which was actually just the way medieval theologians posed the question of whether an idea had a minimum physical space for its expression -- is actually a question of keen commercial interest.  (And the answer is, a whole lot, if they're well-paid virtual networked angels!)

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/29/2017 10:53:31 PM
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Re: Flexibility in the face of uncertainty
@John:

"The old goal of locking in a low price ... is about as dead as an idea can be"


Is it?


Big cable providers and cellular carriers still thrive on this practice -- attracting (sucking in?) new customers by offering a low-ish price on a one-year or two-year contract.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/29/2017 11:01:38 PM
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Re: Flexibility in the face of uncertainty
Joe,

There used to be five year contracts, though. They were whittled away because length of lock in is so easily shaved (like price) and unlike price, it has no real bottom.

Long ago I sold credit card processing services to small businesses. When I started, we didn't offer anything but 4 year contracts. Less than 3 years later, we were down to offering bonuses to get retailers to accept a one-year lock-in, 6 months was standard, and our competition was starting to offer 90 days.

When a supplier money-pump is unpopular with the buyer and is susceptible to an incremental arms race to the bottom, it is going to the bottom soon.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/30/2017 1:01:15 PM
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Re: Flexibility in the face of uncertainty
@John: The interesting thing is that if an industry holds its guns to contracts, then customers are left with little choice and have to deal with these extensive contracts.

This is one of the problems I have with some modern antitrust legislation. Companies have discovered on their own that it pays more to compete with each other than it does to collectively hijack the market.

Remember when the record companies collaborated to keep CD prices artificially high? The class-action settlement notwithstanding, it didn't help them much, did it?

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/30/2017 3:13:20 PM
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Re: Flexibility in the face of uncertainty
Joe, I'll take that as a friendly amendment ...

 

When a supplier money-pump is unpopular with the buyer and is susceptible to an incremental arms race to the bottom, it is going to the bottom soon, and in the modern technical world, if it doesn't, buyers will just bypass the whole technology at the first possible moment.

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 8:55:29 AM
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Cloud
If a company wants to offer streaming or is currenlty offering streaming and has issues with privacy, moving to the cloud is a great option. In addition, if speed and latency are issues the cloud is a great option. A company would have to weigh the pros and cons prior to choosing.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/28/2017 2:23:43 PM
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Re: Cloud
I agree. I think the Cloud could help in a lot of aspects. However, the Cloud has its own security issues..

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 6:03:59 PM
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Re: Cloud
@dlr528:

Ofcourse, that is the biggest hiccup for cloud right now. Recently i heard on news that some companies are moving to old methd of going for tape storage for data backup, just for the scare of security.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
10/30/2017 11:29:36 AM
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Re: Cloud
I think thatís such a smart move. Even though it can be seen as moving backward, I think itís important to take that step.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 6:01:33 PM
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Re: Cloud
@freehe:

You stated very valid points. All reasons that you outlined are good justification to move to cloud.

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