One indicator of the growth of the Cloud model

From Richard Waters at the FT, via Nicholas Carr.

According to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, around 20 per cent of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of internet companies - he named Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. That is an amazing statistic, and certainly not one I’d heard before. And this is before cloud computing has really caught on in a big way.

Of course, this figure doesn't really prove a trend, the quote above is too vague. How big is a "small handful", and is this an increased concentration over previous time periods (and what is the time period we're talking about as "now"?) The implication is yes, and it is credible from what we're told about these companies' rapidly growing data centre expansion.

Cloud Camp London

I went to last night's London CloudCamp, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I'm not going to go into pontifications about cloud computing - I think it's a brilliant concept, not mature yet, and an excellent option for online service startups.

A few random notes from the Camp: