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VMware is definitely going big, not going home – Google PaaS play

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We are committed to making Spring the best language for cloud applications, even if that cloud is not based on VMware vSphere.

via VMware: The Console: Google and VMware’s “Open PaaS” Strategy.

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Written by John Gannon

May 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

SEO tips from a guy who doesn’t know SEO

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Aside from not blogging recently, I have been spending alot of time speaking with folks in the online marketing space as I work on building the go-to-market strategy and machinery for VMTurbo.  One area which I knew little about when I started having these discussions (although now I do know a little bit more!) is SEO.  Here are some tips I’ve picked up over the last few months:

  • Content is king:  Make sure you have lots of content on your site, that you update it regularly.  Create an editorial schedule that states when you will post, and on which topic, and then stick to it!  Although frequent updates are good, just getting started and sticking to a regular schedule (even if it means you’re only posting every couple of weeks or once a month) is still very useful.
  • Get Links-the more relevant, the better:  The more links you get from relevant and respected sites, the better your SEO ranking.  For example, 1 link to your company’s website from a nytimes.com article about your industry on is going to be weighed more highly than 10 links from blogs that have nothing to do with your industry.
  • Make your content SEO friendly:  There are consultants as well as products and services that can help you make your site SEO friendly.  Make sure you are doing something to help make your site more appealing to the search engine crawlers.  In some cases, especially if you’re a web-based business, it may make sense to develop the SEO expertise in house.  One SEO friendly practice is using META tags with the specific keywords you’d like to rank for, and to include those keywords within your content text as well.  On the flip side, sites that are too Flash heavy often don’t index well with Google.

There’s no rocket science here, but if you’re an SEO newbie, I think these tips can definitely help you get going in the right direction.

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November 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Vertical integration as a cloud competitive weapon

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When will the cloud providers begin acquiring product companies in order to keep the technology out of the hands of their competition?

Is that a strategy worth pursuing?

Many clouds are using open source technology to power their solutions, but I assume many of them have reliance on commercial products as well.  Could one cloud get an upper hand over the others by bringing a leading edge commercial product in house, integrating it tightly into one’s own cloud, and then end-of-lifeing the commercial version?

If you believe that the winners of the cloud game will be won by those firms with the greatest ability to control and continually shrink OPEX then maybe it is worth for big cloud players to bid against the typical acquirers of typical infrastructure technology (MSFT, Symantec, etc) in order to keep that technology out of the hands of the other clouds.

Are there any commercial products that are so clearly differentiated and powerful that they’d be worth a cloud provider paying up to acquire?

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Written by John Gannon

June 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Experimenting with Facebook advertising

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I have always done a small amount of Google Adwords advertising (< $20 month) for this blog as well as my business school blog.  Recently I’ve been hearing good things about the performance and cost of advertising on Facebook vs. Google AdWords.  So, I’m going to give it a try and buy some targeted ads on Facebook with the hope of (cheaply) driving more traffic to my blog.

It’s also worth noting that although the advertising I purchase does send some small amount of additional traffic to my blog, the reason for me doing it is to be familiar at a hands-on level with the technologies that affect the industry.  I’m definitely more of a hands on guy and the way I learn best is by doing it.

I will let you know how it goes!

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Written by John Gannon

February 3, 2009 at 10:57 am

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New Gmail Blackberry client is halfway decent

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Kudos to Google on the new version of the GMail Blackberry client.  The old version would hang, require re-logins every 30 minutes or so, and was basically a huge pain.  The new one is fast and works well (including offline reading) although for some reason it holds on to outbound emails for a while before sending.  Annoying but not a showstopper.

Feature request: It would be nice if they had a mobile Google Reader client, for example.  For an RSS junkie like myself, a locally running client would be pretty nice.

Any suggestions for an RSS reader for Blackberry?

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September 12, 2008 at 11:42 pm

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