Future of Cloud: Will Dis-Economies of Scale Break the Silver Lining
It’s ironic that with the advent of cloud computing (an inherently decentralized model) we remain centralized infrastructure lemmings. In addition to being ridiculously expensive, centralized models are riddled with dis-economies of scale: utilization/physical footprint, power, vulnerability (single throat to choke) and bandwidth. On the other hand, the largest peer-to-peer network in history (aka, the Internet) requires no “hub” and is built on a decentralized, distributed architecture where global bandwidth, processing power, content and infrastructure are easily accessible. Skype applied this P2P model to solve the problem of expensive long distance calling. What’s next? In this “white board” session, we will challenge the audience to think about their own infrastructure and data challenges, and ask them to open their minds to re-think the possibilities of solving IT challenges in new and perhaps unheard of and unconventional ways.