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Initial post: Dec 2, 2007 6:07:58 PM PST
A small correction to the book description: many, many factories continue to produce their own electric power, nearly all using coal-fired plants, with fuel oil the next most popular. If you're a high-volume users, it's cheaper and more reliable to generate your own electricity. Check it out (auto plants, for example, and the Miller Brewery in Ohio).

Anent this book's theme, I have to say that it's a bit early to be saying that everyone is jumping on the plugging into the Internet for computing resources. This is one of those ideas that's being pushed because it's different--with the hope that it will become a self-fulfilling prediction. Not likely, because anyone capable of linking to the Internet already has a considerable computing resource. A sort-of, "This would be cool if it happened--I'd better talk about it, just in case."

Going onilne for information is another matter--and it's nothing new. It goes back to 1965.
--Michael A. Banks
http://www.michaelabanks.com

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kievite says:
Really nothing new.

"In the cloud" software services providers have their place and will increase in importance but they are not the only path of technological innovation possible, nor the most important one.

Streaming of software application and virtual appliances are another two modern approaches that gained traction in the last five years.

Contrary to Carr's vision datacenters managed to grow faster during this period then "in the cloud" software services providers :-). So much about Carr as a technology trends forecaster.

See my review of the book for more details.
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