Despite blazing growth of cloud services – no one dents Amazon’s share
Leading cloud service providers have been growing at astounding rates as computing migrates rapidly to the cloud. The leaders, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, Tencent and Alibaba are growing at an aggregate rate of 42% over Q1 of 2019 and the market value equals $150 billion. Q1 market share of top players is estimated to be Microsoft at 16%, Google 8%, IBM 6%, and Alibaba at 5%. Amazon continues to hold 33% of the market. Business Insider
dis-rup-shun: The money is in the cloud and will continue as 5G makes access to content blazingly fast from any device (mobile or fixed). Amazon formerly eschewed profits for bold growth initiatives, but is making so much on its Amazon Web Services that it will struggle to find investments large enough to dent its profits. Tencent and Alibaba show that the Chinese giants can lead the cloud as well — especially since Google and Amazon are adding transoceanic communications facilities in the form of undersea fiber and satellites, making Asia only milliseconds away.
RAZR is rumored to be back as a foldable
Pictures have been found which appear to reveal a new RAZR that is a foldable. Unlike Samsung’s Fold, this device opens like a Star Trek communicator, making a small square turn into a standard candy bar form factor smartphone. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: Who didn’t own or love the Motorola RAZR in the pre-smartphone days? This revival of a favorite classic could be the catalyst that causes the market to seriously consider a foldable phone.
Alaska gets Internet (high speed)
After years of relying on submarine cables to connect Alaskans to the lower 48, telco co-op MTA will lay fiber along the Alaskan highway all the way to Canada. Wired
dis-rup-shun: In the past two decades, telecommunications infrastructure has followed large populations, connecting Asia with North America and Europe. Will population gorwth now follow new infrastructure in desolate places such as Canada? One immediate windfall will be to locate large data centers in Alaska, taking advantage of no to low cooling costs as well as an under-utilized fiber backbone.
Chewbacca dies at 74
Actor Peter Mayhew, the man under the fur known as Chewbacca, died at age 74. Gizmodo
dis-rup-shun: With all the nerd buzz of Game of Thrones battle of Winterfell, trumped only by the Avengers, its easy not to pay our homage to the most lovable, short-tempered furry creature, Chewbacca, who made his debut alongside Harrison Ford in 1977, and made the movie more appealing to the non-science fiction set. It is said that Mayhew was even more lovable as a human.