Archive for January, 2010

BT announces price of faster internet

Barry Weaver Comments on news from bbc about BT announcement of faster internet plans.

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This is quite an interesting article because faster broadband is a huge enabler for businesses that have remote workers. There are lots of ways to still deliver good quality services through conventional broadband connections to remote users like terminal services for instance but it’s always good to know that connectivity services are going to keep getting better.

When a broadband product is described it is only ever really sold on the download speed which is significantly higher than the upload speed. In a nutshell broadband is slower transmitting data than downloading data by a long way. For example, when a user connects on an 8mb broadband connection to another broadband connection they connect to the upload portion which might only be 1 tenth of their download ability. This causes people connecting to the upload portion of the broadband connection or connecting from a remote site to a site hosting a service to experience a much slower speed no matter how fast their download is. So in other words you could have the fastest connection known to man connecting to a broadband hosted service and experience poor performance.

With the advent of cheaper and faster broadband we believe that many smaller companies will adopt a cloud computing model once the price of hosted services begin to become more competitive. If it’s delivered for when the article states I for one will be very surprised however. Read on –

Based around fibre optic cables, BT said the Infinity service could change the way that people use broadband. It will give some customers an upload speed of up to 10 mbps. Trials has been held in London’s Muswell Hill, Whitchurch and Glasgow. BT said 4 million homes and businesses would be able to get it by 2011. The current highest speed service from BT available to homes is 20 megabits per second (mbps), though not all homes can get this headline speed. BT Retail said the basic 40mbps service will be offered for £19.99 per month on an 18 month contract. It will also charge an installation fee of £50 for those on the lowest tariff. Only those who opt for BT’s most expensive tariff, £24.99 per month, will get the 10mbps upload speed. With the basic package upload speed is up to 2mbps. BT said the higher speed would make it easier to share broadband among multiple computers and improve video streaming and net TV services. As with lower speed services only those closest to BT’s exchanges are likely to get the full 40mbps. A spokesman for Virgin Media wondered why anyone would buy a service from BT that has yet to launch when it could get higher speeds via cable already. He said Virgin was already trialling future technology that could see cable speeds reach 200mbps. Fast future The fibre service is being rolled out by BT’s Openreach arm and will be offered to other ISPs to re-sell. “Other providers may have differing prices,” said Andrew Ferguson of Think Broadband. “Some higher if their fair use policy is more lenient, perhaps offers with lower prices if usage amounts are lower.” BT Retail said customers of the cheaper Infinity service would be limited to downloads of 20GB per month. Those paying more will get an unlimited service. “The Openreach products that Infinity is based on, are available to the LLU providers, so we can expect to see products from TalkTalk and Sky in due course,” he said. “As for when depends on whether they see customers moving.” Think Broadband is maintaining a list of exchanges that are fitted with the fibre technology so people can check if it has come to their area. Mr Ferguson described the launch as a “step in the right direction”. “There is a chance for those in areas where these products and Virgin’s 50meg is available to show that there is demand for products like this,” he said. “That will encourage investors to put up more money so that the commercial led roll-outs can enlarge on their current plans.”

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Just launched our new website today, any comments greatly appreciated. Its built in Word Press because we want to add new content on a regular basis.

The cloud computing section will be uploaded some time today fingers crossed.

Keep coming back, its bound to have changed.

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Go hypervisor service from VMWare (awesome)

With a number of freebie alternatives to its flagship ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor out there in the market – including some pretty stiff competition from Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Citrix Systems’ XenServer, and Red Hat’s KVM – VMware has to do something to engage and hold small and medium businesses who are not gonna pay a lot for that hypervisor/management tool stack.

That’s why VMware created the freebie VMware Go service to manage the freebie ESXi embedded hypervisors. VMware announced the Go service last summer at the VMworld extravaganza and put it into beta then; today, the service went into production.

As El Reg explained when VMware Go was announced, this is not a product you download and use but rather a service you engage through the Web. Go is used to manage the embedded hypervisors from VMware – that’s ESX Server 3i, ESXi 3.5, and ESXi 4.0 – and it works by scanning your networks, sniffing out ESXi instances or deploying new ESXi instances if you want them, managing them. VMware doesn’t actually host the Go service, but has outsourced the job to Shavlik Technologies, a VMware partner that sells online patch and configuration management tools.

VMware brags that the Go service, combined with its embedded hypervisor, makes deploying server virtualization a snap, just a few mouse clicks and you are done. The service can do the initial ESXi setup, guiding users with a set of wizards and doing an automatic hardware compatibility check.

Then Go can take the software guts of an existing physical server and pour them into a virtual machine container, or it can install a pre-built virtual appliance on a machine or deploy a squeaky clean VM with nary a bit in it. Go is also used to monitor the performance and resource utilization of VMs running atop ESXi and updates the hypervisors as patches become available.

If you want more sophisticated features – such as VirtualSMP, VMotion, disaster recovery, and so on – you need to shell out dough to get the real ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor and its related vCenter management console.

VMware says that over 1,000 beta testers using the Go service have created more than 3,000 VMs during the testing phase. There are many tens of millions of potential customers in the SMB space who have no chosen a server virtualization platform as yet. It is hard to imagine that many tens of thousands of companies won’t give Go a try very soon, and the base could grow to millions in short order.

Here’s why this matters to VMware: Many Go service users could eventually shell out the $500 per year it costs to get a support contract for each ESXi instance they have in production, and a reasonable percentage of these companies – now customers, not just users – could opt to put some or all of their VMs on the real vSphere 4.0 stack, making real money for VMware.

As far as Smart IT is concerned we think this is great news!

China gives first response to Google threat

China has said that foreign internet firms are welcome to do business “according to the law”.

The statement, from Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, is Beijing’s first response to Google’s threat to stop filtering content in China.

Google said late on Tuesday that Chinese cyber-attacks aimed at human rights activists might force it to close its Chinese operations.

Ms Jiang said the internet was “open” in China.

Google announced that it was no longer willing to censor its Chinese search engine –

The search engine subsequently said it would hold talks with the government in the coming weeks to look at operating an unfiltered search engine within the law in the country, though no changes to filtering have yet been made.

At a regular foreign ministry news briefing, Ms Jiang said: “China like other countries administers the internet according to law.

“China’s internet is open and the Chinese government encourages development of the internet.”

She was responding to a reporter’s question on Google and US concerns about the business environment in light of Google’s reported cyber-attacks.

“Chinese law proscribes any form of hacking activity,” she said.

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