One of the key questions that IT decision makers ask themselves: Is this software fit for purpose? Chris Pirillo's 'live' feed from Gnomedex doesn't pass that most basic of tests. At 275 concurrent connections it fails as you can see from the screenshot above.
Is it any wonder that CXOs are skeptical about the viability of Web 2.0 technologies when a video feed from a marquee event is borked at such relatively low levels of concurrent user? And when the closest you get to technical support is a back channel conversation?
Consumer technologies are great for prototyping. Regardless of the apologists, this is unacceptable. As I've said before, the real money for these new computing metaphors is in the enterprise. On the one hand I'm pleased to see tests carried out in the consumer world. On the other, it is clear the amateurs need to step aside and give those with experience of genuine scale an opportunity to show their worth.