Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jan 2010 23:52 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard today announced a three-year $250 million partnership to simplify IT environments through a wide range of converged hardware, software, and professional services solutions. This is a broad agreement with many components, building on the 25-year Microsoft-HP partnership, which works toward new models for application delivery, hardware architecture, and IT operations. The goal is to deliver the "next generation computing platform" by leading the adoption of cloud computing.
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by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 16th Jan 2010 14:24 UTC
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Cloud computing is the modern, jazzed-up version of 'thin clients', and will succeed no better than that idea did.

A hard dependency on some external entity (somewhere in the 'clouds') to not only store, but also protect, your data, will always be a severe problem for many individuals and organizations. I don't see that changing. For many, cloud computing loses its charm the first time they suffer an Internet outage (for whatever reason - but it happens, we all know it).

People throwing money at this are just throwing their money into a black hole^Hcloud.

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