The top key finding of the 451 Research report: “Cloud computing once promised simple, usage-based charging for resources, similar to other utilities such as electricity; unfortunately, the current reality is far from this ideal.”
The vendors further muddy the water by not being out front about their pricing; 451 Research found that only 64 percent of providers publish their pricing online.
via Confirmed: Cloud infrastructure pricing is absurd | ITworld.
The WiFi deployment plays a dual role for Virgin Media Business, however. The company uses fiber backhaul connections to ensure the network’s performance, but also to lease to mobile operators that can use it to bolster their 3G and 4G networks. It’s a win-win for everyone: Residents get free WiFi, Virgin gets access to prime real estate for small cells, and the city gets a cut of the revenue it earns from the wireless operators.
via 2013 Leading Lights Finalists: Most Innovative Carrier WiFi Deployment | Light Reading.
Microsoft Corp. plans to raise the price of the Datacenter edition of the upcoming R2 release of Windows Server 2012 by 28 percent, adding to what analysts call a record number of price increases for enterprise software products from Redmond.
According to licensing data sheets available for download from the Windows Server 2012 R2 Website (PDF), the price of a single license of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter will be $6,155, compared to $4,809 today—plus the cost of a Client Access Licenses (CAL) for every user or device connecting to the server.
via Microsoft to Squeeze Datacenters on Price of WinServer 2012 R2.
The new Surface RT prices are detailed below.
- Surface RT 32GB – $349.99
- Surface RT 64GB – $449.99
- Surface RT 32GB with Touch Cover – $449.99
- Surface RT 64GB with Touch Cover – $549.99
via Microsoft is cutting the price of its Surface RT tablets, base model to cost $349 | The Verge.
Still too high. I can get a decent laptop at Microcenter for $350 and if I want to go small there are plenty of under $200 tablets. The Surface looks and feels like what they used to call a netbook. Those didn’t do so well in the market. I can’t imagine doing real work on one of those. It’s hard enough with a laptop. The size of the QWERTY keyboard is a big factor in productivity IMHO.
Because the fee is so small, some call it a below-the-line charge because customers aren’t likely to notice it. That aside, it is also provides a way for carriers to advertise a lower fee than customers are actually charged. Presently, AT&T already charges about 50 cents as regulatory cost recovery charge per phone line, something that has been part of the carrier’s bills for about a decade.
via AT&T’s new monthly stealth fee has some crying foul – SlashGear.
The starting price for Dell’s XPS 10 is now US$449 for a 32GB model, scalping $50 off the original launch price. The 64GB model is $499, which is a drop from the original $599 price. By comparison, the price of the Latitude 10 tablet with Intel processors and Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS remained stable at $499.
via Prices of Windows RT tablets drop, point to failure of OS – Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, hardware systems, tablets, software, operating systems – Operating Systems – Techworld.
Microcenter always has a full fledged decent laptop for under $300. Here’s the special this week for $279. I don’t know why anyone would pay double for a tablet which is hard to do any real work on. I recently bought a 7″ Samsung S3 tablet for $180 (on sale) that does everything one would ever need to do on a tablet.
ASUS R503U-MH21 15.6″ Laptop Computer – Black
- AMD E2-1800 1.7GHz
- Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
- 2GB DDR3-1333 RAM
- 320GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
- 8x SuperMulti DVDRW Drive
- Memory Card Reader
- 10/100/1000 Network
- 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- 15.6″ LED-backlit TFT Display
Note: The above link to this special will most likely be dead after the sale.
The Core i5 Razer Edge costs $999 while the Core i7 Razer Edge Pro costs $1299. Plus, each one of the accessories are sold separately. Just the Gamepad Controller is $249. A fully decked-out Razer Edge Pro with Gamepad Controller rings up for $1,698.
via Preorders For The Gaming-Focused Razer Edge Tablet Start March 1st, Ships Later In The Month | TechCrunch.
Some drives appear to have been more severely impacted than others. For example, the Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB is currently priced at $429.99, a 138% increase over its pre-flood price of $179.99. The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 is selling for double the price at the beginning of October. Let’s check out similar data for mobile oriented hard drives.
via HDD Pricewatch: Three Months Into the Thai Floods – TechSpot Guides.