The new race to be the world’s 5 computing powers

IBM’s first president Thomas J Watson supposedly declared in 1943 that there was a world market for only five computers. Author Nick Carr put a modern spin on the notion in his 2008 book The Big Switch, arguing that the Internet may end up dominated by just five “powerful computing grids”. Two converging factors are beginning to suggest that concentration of computing power into the hands of a few dominant players may actually now be taking place, at least in the realm of business computing. Public cloud platforms One of those factors is the growing trend for business software vendors to move their operations to public cloud platforms. I spent today in Amsterdam for the opening of Unit4’s European customer conference and learned how this former client-server software vendor is…


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