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Verizon accused of limiting bandwidth for Netflix streaming

Netflix streaming is suspiciously slow for Verizon customers. In this podcast, David Linthicum discusses whether we should be paranoid about that.

After experiencing increasingly slow Netflix streaming, a Verizon customer claims he contacted Verizon customer service and the rep flat-out said that the company is limiting AWS bandwidth. When asked about it, Verizon claimed the representative was mistaken -- after all, he's not a technology professional. But in this podcast, David Linthicum questions whether we should be suspicious.

"I can only answer after I take off my tinfoil hat," retorts his guest Lori MacVittie, senior product manager of emerging technologies at F5 Networks Inc.

Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services has big data analytics news: It's now offering R programming language on demand. And CIOs are still passing off cloud for a later date. Is there anything IT pros can do to convince them to plan a migration? Topics include:

1. Amazon Web Services will now offer Revolution analytics' R on-demand. Is this another knock out of the park for AWS, or will this just sit there? Will this encourage more people to do complex big data analytics in the cloud? Will other cloud providers follow Amazon's lead? How can Software as a Service providers use this news to their advantage?

2. A blogger accuses Verizon of limiting bandwidth of Amazon Web Services. Is this a ploy against its competitor Netflix? If this is coming from a Verizon customer service rep, can we take that technical analysis at face value? Do we as consumers have a reason to be paranoid? As latency is location-dependent, are we ready to get our pitchforks and head over to the Verizon offices?

3. CIOs are still delaying cloud migration. What advice can IT pros give to help encourage the move to cloud? But, as Linthicum notes, cloud computing still only gets a B+, so are CIOs right to be hesitant? What information should CIOs be considering? 


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