By way of quick summary, let us characterize cloud computing as the provision of various computer-related services where the user makes use of services accessible from a remote site instead of from the user's own IT resources. The underlying idea is that such sevices should be provided as a ultility analagous to electricity and water. While the concept was first floated in the 1960s, it entered the mainstream only in the last decade due to a series of hardware, communication, software and financial considerations. Two aspects are particularly noteworthy.
Against this backdrop, who might win and who might lose? Permit me to propose the following list.
1. Manufacturers of hardware and communications equipment--They will be called upon to provide the computer centres with the necessary equipment to support and expand these facilities.
4. Owers of the computer centres--It is Amazon.com that is widely attributed with first seeing the commercial possibility of making use of excess capacity in its computer centres to provide storage and access capablities. Whether true or not, it appears that a number of computer-related entities--e.g,, Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft and IBM--will come to dominate the infrastructure for cloud computing.