Chapter 6. WIF and Windows Azure

The cloud trend is perhaps one of the most important and transformational trends of the past few decades. It has the potential to change the way we do computing as an industry well after the hype cycle has run its course. In The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, (W.W. Norton, 2008), Nicholas Carr compares this trend to the switch that happened in the last century when businesses moved from producing electricity with their own private power plants to buying it from the grid. I believe it’s a perfect metaphor for what’s happening in the IT industry. The idea of using computing and storage power as a utility, offered as a pay-per-use ...

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