A new study links gigabit-speed broadband to higher economic growth, concluding that communities with widely available gigabit access have per capita GDP that is 1.1 percent higher than communities with little to no availability of gigabit services.

Gigabit broadband is broadly defined as speeds reaching 1,000 Mbps, typically achieved by deploying fiber to the home (FTTH) or business. The new study, conducted by the Analysis Group and released by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council (FTTH), was based on 55 communities in 9 states

The 14 communities with widely available gigabit broadband enjoyed over $1 billion in additional GDP when gigabit broadband became widely available, says the study. The metropolitan study areas were all in the United States and ranged from Alabama to Oregon. 

This entry was posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 17:55 pm and is filed under .
Keywords: Gigabit Broadband, Broadband, Studies, GDP, Fiber, FTTH

A survey by research firm Frank N. Magid Associates, released exclusively to CNET, concludes that YouTube is the most popular site for finding online TV shows, trailed closely by Netflix. 

The survey asked 2,400 people to check off a list of online sources they use to watch TV shows. YouTube was the most common response, with 38 percent, followed by 33 percent for Netflix, 17 percent for Hulu, and 14 percent for Amazon Prime, according to the data from the June survey.

This entry was posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 14:02 pm and is filed under .
Keywords: YouTube, Online Video, Online TV, Netflix, Hulu

Last week, the Rayno Report hosted a social chat on #IoTanalytics. For those of you not up to speed on buzzwords and hashtags, that means how analytics technology can be applied to the gobs of data being collected from the millions of devices that will be connected online, now referred to by marketers worldwide as the Internet of Things (IoT).

We're in the early stages of IoT, of course, which is the concept that machines and devices connected to the Internet will communicate with other machines, in addition to us. The long-term vision is that this machine-generated data, coming from millions of devices and sensors, can be analyzed and used to deliver insight, automation, and efficiency, among other things.

One of our guest hosts, Tate Cantrell (@Tate8tech), CTO of data-center provider Verne Global, says "IoT has the potential to change everything-from how our coffee is brewed to how the lights go out at night."

This entry was posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm and is filed under .
Keywords: IoT, CrowdChat, Rayno Social Chat, #IoTanalytics, analytics, Verne Global

Investment bank Cowen & Co. is raising its price target and outlook on Apple Inc. (AAPL) based on a survey of 4,500 adults in U.S. and China that indicates strong demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6+.

Cowen has raised the Apple price target to $110 from $106. Cowen is modeling sales of 120 million iPhone 6/6+ units in the first 12 months, which is above Wall St. consensus, and Cowen analysts believe those projections may be "conservative," according to a research note published this morning by Cowen analysts Timothy Arcuri and Bryan Prohm.

The survey of 4,500 adults in the U.S. and China indicates that battery life, screen size, and chip speed of the new iPhone models are strong drivers for upgrades. 

This entry was posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 13:51 pm and is filed under Mobile.
Keywords: Apple, iPhone, iPhone 6, Battery Life, Android

Cisco announced a deal to buy Metacloud yesterday, affirming two big trends in cloud computing: 1) Private cloud and 2) OpenStack.

Metacloud is a provider of "OpenStack as a Service" offering, meaning it enables enterprises to set up cloud applications and services in their own data centers using the open-source OpenStack platform. OpenStack has gotten a lot of attention as a virtualization environment comparable to VMware (VWW), because it holds many advantages of open source such as speed of development and lower costs.

The OpenStack vs. VMware debate was in full swing at the recent VMWorld conference, and Cisco may see this as an opportunity to fight back at VMWare's dominance, as a growing conflict between the companies appears to be developing. The Rayno Report predicted this as far back as 2010

The Metacloud offering seems perfect for the market -- and obviously Cisco -- because it takes advantages of the growing interest in OpenStack at the same time as increased interest among enterprises to build their own private cloud services.

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 17:20 pm and is filed under .
Keywords: OpenStack, Cloud Computing, Private Cloud, Cisco, Metacloud

Have you stayed awake late at night, staring at the ceiling, wondering, "What is Facebook's Wedge technology, and what does it mean?"

Well, Rayno Report has the answer for you. I have released our latest free report, a 5-page Strategic Brief on Facebook's own data-center swtich, the Wedge, as well as the whole Open Compute Project (OCP), which was started by Facebook. This is Facebook's own initiative to drive new technology standards for Webscale data centers to lower costs and improve interoperability. 

If you haven't heard, open technologies are taking over the data center. Virtualization technologies such as OpenStack, KVM, and OpenFlow – as well as many others – are being used as the foundation for new data-center architectures. Facebook wants to take this a step further with OCP, which is creating a series of specs in hardware and data center design, for everything from power supplies to mechanical systems. This follows the concept of disaggregation – the ability to build entire data centers based on open, interchangeable parts. Think of it as Lego blocks for cloud computing. 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 14:54 pm and is filed under Infrastructure & SDN.
Keywords: Facebook, Wedge, SDN, Open Compute Project, SDN Revolution

You might have heard of something called the Internet of Things (IoT). This is the concept of the world's millions of devices being connected via IP networking, which can provide value in many ways by analyzing the data collected by the networked devices.

As the world becomes increasingly networked, analytics tools will become more important in creating new applications for the smarter, connected world. The Rayno Report will be hosting an IoT and analytics social chat on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (tomorrow) at 11 AM EDT.

Tomorrow's #iotanalytics social chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #IoTanalytics, or by using CrowdChat, an exciting new platform for following social conversations. You can mark the event on your calendar and follow on CrowdChat by going to the CrowdChat page here

Guest speakers on the #IoTanalytics chat will include Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Verne Global, a data center operator based in Keflavik, Iceland; and Craig Sowell, SVP of Marketing at Datapipe. We're also asking any users of IoT and analytics technology to join in the conversation. I'll be moderating the chat. The event is sponsored by Verne Global. 

This is part of a series of social chats produced by Rayno Media Inc., including #SDNChat. If you are interested in sponsoring an event please contact me at scott@rayno.com

This entry was posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 13:34 pm and is filed under .
Keywords: IoT, Analytics, Tate Cantrell, Verne Global, CrowdChat

The legendary band U2 came on stage at the end of the Apple Extravaganza this week, introducing the world to a pair of iPhone 6 models (big and freaking huge I think are the product names), Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. The band’s had a rough go of it recently. Their last release, No Line On The Horizon, disappointed both fans and critics and it seemed like they might have lost their relevance.

This is a band that has defied age and found ways to make themselves new again and again. Had time finally caught up with the band? Potentially, and it frightened them. Bono was quoted saying U2 didn’t want to be a heritage act. Being contemporary was much more important, he said. But it wasn’t easy. “To be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. So making money isn’t the way the band judges itself. After all, U2’s latest tour broke records in terms of attendance and revenue, yet they still craved relevancy. 

This entry was posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 15:11 pm and is filed under Mobile, Digital Media, Investing.
Keywords: Apple, Apple Watch, Tim Cook, U2, Bono, Apple Pay

365 Data Centers, a provider of hosting services and co-location facilities that is planning an expansion, has raised $16 million in Series B funding in addition to a $55 million credit line.

Existing investors, including Crosslink Capital and Housatonic Partners, invested in the Series B venture round. Fortresss Credit Corp., a unit of the well known hedge-fund Fortress Investment Group, provided the credit line. 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 15:37 pm and is filed under Infrastructure & SDN, Applications, Investing.
Keywords: 365 Data Centers, Cloud Services, Cloud Computing, SMBs

Wait, what? The Apple Watch (AAPL) doesn't work without an iPhone? Isn't that like requiring me to operate my oven in order to use my toaster?

As Apple states simply in promotional materials: "The Apple Watch will require the iPhone to work." Yes, you can tell the time with it, but most of the advanced features, and anything requiring cellular connectivity, will require you to pair it with an iPhone.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 14:02 pm and is filed under Mobile, Digital Media, Investing.
Keywords: Apple, Apple Watch, iPhone, Jony Ive, Samsung

Global Yodel Receives $50,000 Seed Round
  • Company: Global Yodel
  • Description: Global Yodel is a community of citizens from all over the world who inspire one another. We differ in geography and culture but share an appreciation for creativity and the arts, a passion for travel, and an interest in humanity. Together we discover the globe one Yodel at a time.
  • Website: www.globalyodel.com
  • Type: Accelerator
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: The company will use the proceeds to accelerate its initial development.
  • Investors:

Campus Job Secures $965,000 Seed Round
  • Company: Campus Job
  • Description: Campus Job connects students with part-time jobs during school -- from Campus Rep roles to bartending gigs to freelancing opportunities. Businesses can post a job for free, and students can browse through jobs and apply for free, as well.
  • Website: www.thecampusjob.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $965,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: The co-founders plan to use funding from this seed investment to further scale the company, focusing on registering more students and businesses and growing their team with a few strategic hires.
  • Investors:

Guard Llama Obtains $20,000 Seed Funding
  • Company: Guard Llama
  • Description: Guard Llama has developed a personal safety remote communications device and service.
  • Website: www.theguardllama.com
  • Type: Accelerator
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: The company will use the proceeds to accelerate its initial development.
  • Investors: