[LINK] 'Cloud Computing doesn't fly'

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Sep 28 11:57:04 EST 2010

grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
> I wonder if a couple of my 2008 predictions are sort of coming to pass?
>> 6) Supplies of rare earths, metals and noble elements will become 
>> extremely scarce.  Stock prices for these will skyrocket, tech drivers
>> will be put on hold and commodity tech goods will inflate or become 
>> impossible to get.   An IT equipment demand will emerge and vendors will
>> be forced to use what they have.  Business will innovate and extend 
>> lifetime of existing systems until the new tech becomes affordable again.
>> The second hand IT market rockets up and Linux finds a new market in 
>> these areas.
> (not quite, but I was on the right track)
> And:
>> 9)  Virtualisation becomes mainstream, with purpose built engines 
>> provided with VM ready OS available as a default.  Substandard 
>> components will cause major "grid failures" as dozens of VM nodes 
>> collapse on failing hardware based on "6".
> If the Virgin computer crash was caused by a virtualisation failure,
> expect more of "9".....   Virtualisation is of course, the key to making 
> Clouds work.....
> Then again I may well be talking through my hat, if I had one......

Is there any evidence that old computers become unreliable 
due to hardware failures?

Their demise is more usually due to new software and 
hardware incompatibility. Ofcourse, the problem then is new 
software is less reliable than old software. Though a Harvey 
Norman salesman once tried to offer me an extended warranty 
on my video camera in case the software failed. ;=)

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: 0414-869202

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