Computing Infrastructure as a Utility

Just read Nirvanix To Challenge Amazon S3. I have been playing with Amazon’s web services for a number of months now, and I am impressed with some of what is there, and Nirvanix looks to be in a positions to challenge the same space. I find it interesting to look at some of the “success stories” on Amazon’s web site, reflecting to the potential for web startups to avoid large initial investments in infrastructure. Even in a well funded startup, it would make sense to focus resources on core IP, as opposed to buying infrastructure.

In my opinion, this is a more fundamental shift than many trends receiving a great deal more hype. Previous ASP hosted models, and more current SaaS models are less fundamental than this. To have a computing infrastructure that performs like a utility opens up many new possibilities.

Now I just have to figure out what they are 🙂


2 Replies to “Computing Infrastructure as a Utility”

  1. Fred,

    As I mentioned in my comment to the TechCrunch post, we are competing against Amazon’s EC2 service (and providing real traditional file system storage on demand rather than object based).

    We’ve already seen a number of people come to us with business ideas that they have admitted couldn’t exist without the ability to scale on demand (both upwards and downwards, the downward scaling can be more important than the upward scaling in some variable business models).

    I’d be happy to discuss it more if you want to drop me an e-mail.




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