A Financial Times article looks at cloud computing (found via lunchoverip) and some of the issues that need to be resolved to move forward. It’s back to the idea of a mainframe, but it had to be broken down to allow it to centralise in a new way. I can’t imagine that we would have progressed to where we are now had we maintained the mainframe attitudes, particularly that they could only be run by those with such deep pockets.
The article also notes some evolutionary stages on the way to cloud computing, such as thin clients and grids, and which still form part of the concept of cloud computing. I still think we have a long way to go with many opportunities along the way. This Jeff Bezos talk on TED should be an inspiration if you think you’ve missed the bandwagon.