Building A Sustainable Cloud (And More Predictions)

I thought that the cloud was supposed to be about the aggregation of thousands of low-cost servers and disk drives, integrated together with a web services layer and a robust object store, all accessed as a pay-as-you-go service. Wasn’t that how cloud service providers were supposed to make money–by using commodity components with their own “secret sauce” software on top? High-cost legacy infrastructure products are not congruent with building a long-term sustainable cloud.