Who will own the cloud?

King Cloud

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A very robust discussion about could computing is going on over at the O’Reilly Radar, associated with this post:

Open Source and Cloud Computing – O’Reilly Radar

I’ve been worried for some years that the open source movement might fall prey to the problem that Kim Stanley Robinson so incisively captured in Green Mars: “History is a wave that moves through time slightly faster than we do.” Innovators are left behind, as the world they’ve changed picks up on their ideas, runs with them, and takes them in unexpected directions.