Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tim Bray on Clouds

These aren't the clouds you see in the sky, they're the ones heating up server racks. Can you smell it?
clipped from

A Historical Analogy ·
To me, the cloud-computing landscape feels like the Web search
landscape in
1996. Back then, Everybody who’d thought about it had clued in that this was
going to be really interesting and useful. There had been a few
much better than nothing but not really hitting a sweet spot.
[Disclosure: One of them was me.]
Then Altavista
launched and it was clearly better than anything else. Meanwhile, Larry and
Sergey were at Stanford
thinking about transitive functions over the graph of Web hyperlinks. ¶

Amazon Web Services smells like Altavista to me; a huge step in a good
But there are some very good Big Ideas waiting out there
to launch, probably incubating right now in a garage or grad school.

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