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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RE: Repeating History
by tomcat on Sun 17th Jan 2010 03:25 UTC in reply to "Repeating History"
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Cloud computing is the modern, jazzed-up version of 'thin clients', and will succeed no better than that idea did.


Wrong. There is no single model for cloud computing. Nor is it necessary to define a single model. Cloud computing can be about moving all processing to the cloud, and accessing it via a thin client. Or, it can be about creating a single large logical machine comprised of distributed nodes -- essentially analogous to processes or threads, depending on how granular the abstraction goes. Or, it can be about moving resources (drives, devices, etc) into the cloud, but still be able to access them from your desktop.

Anybody who thinks this isn't going to happen is a fool. The shift has already taken place over the past decade. Much of the world's software development is now focused on Web-based computing. We are in a new phase which will migrate even more functionality into the cloud. That doesn't mean that the desktop is obsolete, or that anybody has to throw away investments they've already made. But it does introduce a bunch of new capability that didn't exist previously, and that will be very attractive to businesses and consumers.

Edited 2010-01-17 03:25 UTC

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