GigaOm: Level 3 Not a Web 2.0 Company

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Om Malik, a veteran scribe who has covered the web/telco industry through boom and bust, is writing about Web 2.0 fatigue, a malady he says can be aggravated by spin. GigaOm, who recently launched his own network of newsblogs, cites recent announcements from Level 3 – which has unveiled connectivity deals with MySpace, YouTube and now Photobucket – as an example. An excerpt from Om:

It is all spin and a blatant attempt to get a little Web 2.0 pixie dust. In fact, Level 3 is spending liberally to get it. They are sponsoring the Web 2.0 conference, and paying top dollars for it. … Hate to break it to you guys, but you paint a pony with black stripes, it doesn’t become a zebra. You are a bandwidth provider, and might become a content delivery network, but you will still remain in the background, and a plumbing company. Not that there is anything wrong with it.

I expect much of the coverage of the Web 2.0 conference to focus on the bubble/hype question, but we’ll be on the lookout for meaningful coverage of Infrastructure 2.0. Is the pixie dust working?

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Sailor Moon

    Silly. When it comes to infrastructure for "Web 2.0", there's gold in there hills. IPTV is coming on like a freight train. Leave HDTV for the aging hippies... For the under-50 set, television is going to look like Youtube in a decade. That's a lot of bandwidth and a lot of disk!