mainframe -> minicomputer -> PC -> smartphone
Posted Jun 22, 2012 19:46 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: mainframe -> minicomputer -> PC -> smartphone
Parent article: Why We're Fighting for an Open Cloud (Linux.com)
The cloud is a sideshow. It's an effect of the smartphone, not the cause.
Hardly. When you can host 40 million users paying ~$1M/year
(and be bought for $1B); when several supercomputers run on rented hardware
; when you can move your website to the cloud in two hours
; then it is a paradigm shift.
Now, smartphones are another paradigm shift, because you can carry a computer on your pocket. I must confess that for me it is much less surprising than cloud computing: I never thought that "grid computing" (the previous name, or providing computer services as a utility) would mesh with virtualized hardware and would end up making a great service.
The only reason why fighting for a piece of the action in the cloud business is a bad idea is because Amazon provides an outstanding service and they must have around one million machines right now. Hard to catch up.
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