Fastly Global CDN Disruption

Fastly is one of the major CDN vendors globally. As a regular consumer you wouldn’t be aware of their service, until a failure hits. Today the service faced a configuration issue, that apparently hit global pages like NYTimes and Bloomberg, but also Amazon, Reddit and Twitter, as reported in multiple sources. The issue is reported resolved by the vendor as of this writing. Details on their status page:

Fastly’s Status Page – Global CDN Disruption.

Source: Fastly Status – Global CDN Disruption

Understanding Internet Disruptions

David Belson, former Akamai Internet Analyst, now working for Internet Society, explained “Internet Shutdowns” in his latest blog post.

Internet Disruptions
Understanding Internet Disruptions

In March 2019, in a move described in one news report as a “government-imposed Internet shutdown,” the president of Sri Lanka temporarily blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, and other services. In this case, limited access to a class of applications was inaccurately painted as a full-scale Internet shutdown. Unfortunately, this isn’t unusual. Media coverage and […]

Source: From Content Blocking to National Shutdowns: Understanding Internet Disruptions | Internet Society

Someone is pulling emergency brakes on subways

New York is facing an unusual incarnation of Denial of Service, in this case public transport. Just like on the web, thats’s extremely annoying and in this case, really has impact on peoples’s lives. From the article:

“The reports caused major disruption,” says Wikipedia, “affecting approximately 140,000 passengers and 1,000 flights.”

Asymmetric warfare: someone is pulling emergency brakes on NYC subway cars

Source: Asymmetric warfare: someone is pulling emergency brakes on NYC subway cars / Boing Boing

AWS opens up its managed blockchain as a service to everybody | TechCrunch

So, there is a Blockchain service on the cloud. As such this is no news, the news is it’s AWS that gives you this offering. If you are planning to leverage this option because you need Blockchain in your organization, you definitely need help understanding the technology.

It’s not AWS to blame to take your $

After announcing that they were launching a managed blockchain service late last year, Amazon Web Services is now opening that service for general availability. It was only about five months ago that AWS chief executive Andy Jassy announced that the company was reversing course on its previous dismissal of blockchain technologies and laid out a […]

Source: AWS opens up its managed blockchain as a service to everybody | TechCrunch

Kundenwünsche

Wenn die Rede von Digitalisierung ist, wird häufig betont, wie wichtig die Fokussierung auf den Kunden und seine Wünsche ist. Schlimm genug, dass dafür erst eine Digitalisierung stattfinden muss, wird das Credo auch meistens missverstanden.

Digitalisierung erlaubt es, ein Angebot zu schaffen, das so flexibel ist, sich den Kundenwünschen anzupassen. Es ist die Aufgabe des Unternehmens, vornehmlich mittels Marketing, Kommunikation und Vertrieb, den Kunden mitzuteilen, welche Wünsche es mit seinem Angebot befriedigen kann.

Und tatsächlich wir der Kunde dann stolz mit Informationen zu Neuerungen im Portfolio überschüttet – und erzeugt damit vorrangig Verwirrung beim potentiellen Käufer.

“Tut mir Leid, ohne weitere Angaben kann ich Ihnen kein Angebot machen.” ist in dieser Situation die schlechteste Antwort, die ein Vetriebs-Mitarbeiter geben kann. Dem Kunden ist mit einem konstruktiven Ansatz besser geholfen, ein Hinweis auf die fehlenden Angaben bringt beide Seiten weiter. Eine Gegenfrage “Können Sie mir noch sagen, wieviele Server Sie managen wollen?”, oder “Wieviele Daten möchten Sie mit unserer Software verarbeiten?” schließt ein Geschäft ab.

Das ist auch ausserhalb der IT so, im allgemeinen bei allen erklärungsbedürftigen Produkten. Der Anlass zu diesem Gedanken ist eine Erfahrung aus dem Fintech Sektor. Dort bestehen Produkte nahezu vollständig aus veränderbaren Parametern.

Mit Digitalisierung hat das alles nichts zu tun, die Digitalisierung kann ein Produkt dem Kunden lediglich einfacher machen und dem Vetrieb die Kundenorientierung zurückbringen.

Is cloud computing truly, truly disruptive?

“Disruption” is one of those words that has been overused, being applied to every little product or service that comes to market, or every new company that emerges. Cloud computing and digital technologies, for example, are branded by many as “disruptive.” New services and business models sweeping through markets, such as Uber and Airbnb, are […]

Turns out, no, the cloud itself ain’t disruptive. But the availability of on-demand computing resources enables businesses to come up with ideas more easily and the service based approach disrupts businesses.
via: Is cloud computing truly, truly disruptive?