FT.com - A revolution is taking shape | Financial Times

Nicholas Carr's latest book 'The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google,' has some great insights into the shift toward a utility IT model, aka cloud computing.  For those not inclined to plough through the whole book, this short adaptation on the Finanical Times site gives anyone involved in the IT industry plenty of material to discuss and debate. Here's a sample:

"By supplying business computing as a set of simple services, Google, and other utility providers such as Salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services, threaten to render large parts of the IT industry obsolete.

No corporate computing system, not even those operated by big companies, can match the efficiency, speed, and flexibility of plants such as Google's. One analyst estimates that Google can carry out a computing task for one-tenth of what it costs a typical company."

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