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Did You Know? Akamai at OSHEAN.

Posted By David Marble, Monday, November 25, 2013

I have always been a fan of the "Did You Know” series which stems from this popular technology trend video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE . I like perspective pieces like this one where we learn things like: it took 50 years for radio to reach 50 million people; it took Facebook only two.

Every day of my first year here at OSHEAN was like that. I would talk to a member, or one of my OSHEAN team members, and hear, "Hey Dave, did you know that OSHEAN …?” And there was always something new to learn about the services we were providing, or the resources we had.

For our OSHEAN Members, here’s a revelatory "Did you Know”--one that came to me more gradually: OSHEAN has an Akamai installation in one of our aggregation PoPs in Providence. Akamai servers support the local caching of popular content to mitigate centralized server and network bottlenecks. This service sits on the Beacon 2.0 network as a basic function, at no additional cost. In fact, the traffic served from the Akamai caches operate over the unmetered portion of the OSHEAN backbone, which is not charged against a Member’s Internet subscription. The benefits of this architecture were never more apparent than during the recent release of Apple’s IoS 7 upgrade. The day of the release was historic from a bandwidth utilization perspective-- but the OSHEAN Akamai servers handled the traffic with ease, and our membership had virtually no knowledge of the event. Microsoft updates are handled the same way. We estimate that 20-30% of the commercial Internet traffic from our membership is handled locally via the Akamai cache which translates to direct dollar savings and much higher performance.

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RIDE Tech Conference

Posted By David Marble, Thursday, October 10, 2013
As I think about last weekend’s RIDE Technology Conference I am struck by a number of things.  People who know me well understand that I am an optimist by nature but it would be hard not to have that outlook after being there.  First of all, the place was packed with over 700 people on a Saturday dispelling the myth that no one will come on their "day off”.  There were teachers, administrators, students and yes, tech geeks enthusiastically participating in a conversation about the field of digital learning technologies.  The interesting thing is that the goal isn't about technology, it is about learning and I believe everyone gets that.  Travis Allen, the 21 year old keynote speaker who founded iSchool was infectious.  He certainly reminded me of the early Gates and Jobs type…. out front, articulate, passionate and driven.  His work started a couple years back when his smartphone was taken away by and administrator at his high school.  His complete circle had culminated the week before the RI visit when he took his Digital Learning Tour, which had already presented to 120,000 people across the country this year alone, back to his old high school where they now had a one-to-one program where every student was equipped with an iPad.  The kicker is that his brother is a freshman this year at that same school.  But my best experience at the conference was the presentations and discussions with the students and their teachers.  The Student Showcase had a number of schools displaying how they were using digital learning technology in and out of the classroom.  I talked to high school students using a 3D house building program to learn geometry.  I also met an elementary student using creative surface program to work through problems which captured the student’s work and audio description which was immediately posted to the web so the teacher could see it and comment back.  That teacher was also using the program to create her own little version of the Khan Academy for her class.  The common thread was the excitement in the experiential learning concept where the learning can be fun!

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Capital Operations

Posted By David Marble, Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Many I have talked with recently about their budget process have noted tighter and tighter restrictions on the operating side of the ledger.  No surprise there but they continue to describe ways of obtaining funds for capital expenditures, whether it be through historical expectations of capital outlays or structured grant programs which lean toward favoring capital outlay versus operating budget relief.  Those of us promoting the benefits of the emerging Cloud Services market must be cognizant of the very real requirement educate the business and financial planners of a re-balanced understanding that must exist for Cloud Services to deliver on its promises.  The low capital investment model of Cloud Services gives way to potential increases in operating cost.  Classic examples are found in the rapidly emerging virtual desktop market.  We now will see Return On Investment (ROI) models that pit heavy capital outlay for PCs versus medium capital outlay for VDI versus minimal capital but increased operating dollars for Desk as a Service (DaaS).  Strong IT organizations will embrace the dialogue necessary with financial planners and granting organizations to help reveal positive return on investment profiles for Cloud Services.

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Forecast is Cloudy

Posted By David Marble, Thursday, June 20, 2013

Okay, lots of bad play on words going on around Cloud technology so I had to get mine in. 

 

As many of you know, OSHEAN is involved in a number of activities these days in developing the next generation of over-the-top services, many of which will involve the implementation of Cloud services. Any of you who have spent time looking at the world of cloud services and technologies know that the market begs for definition but this column is word count limited so I will defer.

 

One conclusion drawn from our investigations is that there will be many OSHEAN offerings required to cover the myriad of member requirements and we need to develop and roll these out in a prudent and deliberate manner over time. Testing is going very well and we plan to make the first of these service announcements within the next couple months. 
 
OSHEAN's Cloud services will strive to deliver a family of best of breed offerings that offer choice, compelling price points, public and/or private implementations and service assurance. We plan to leverage OSHEAN's infrastructure to deliver high performance and OSHEAN's member collaborative to hit compelling price points. So whether you are looking at cloud storage, flex compute, replication, disaster recovery, remote desktop or VOIP, I encourage you to talk with our technical team about what we are doing. We are looking for input in planning feature sets, architectures and setting priorities. 
 
Also, stay tuned to our continuing series of member forums in which we will detail areas of interest in cloud services. The April CIO forum for instance, was a deep dive on Desk as a Service (Daas) applications, one of our early service offering objectives.

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Let's Be Social

Posted By David Marble, Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Social Media revolution has certainly had an impact on how people communicate. The early years of the technology affected mainly personal communications but over the last couple years, its impact on business has been heavily felt. Sites and tools oriented toward business applications have emerged giving us a wide choice of options for the business at large and the individual professional. For example, I have chosen to use TweetDeck to filter Twitter feeds into categories of OSHEAN related technologies and companies I am interested in following. Focused use of Social Media tools can be quite productive and efficient if used properly.

 

Along this line, OSHEAN has embarked on the development of a new web environment which blurs the line of what used to be a traditional web site and social media. We believe one of the strong benefits of OSHEAN is found in its collaborative nature and we aim to provide a new tool to foster that. Later this summer we will debut a new web site which will offer opportunities for on-line collaboration and a vastly increased repository of resources for our membership. 

 

The site will have Blogs and Forums to subscribe to, and areas for User Groups to collaborate. Members will have individual controls as to what they want access to and what services they wish to subscribe if any. We are excited about this development and will be showing a preview at our Member Forum later this month.

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