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The World’s Collective Computing Power
This is my site Written by Dan Fletcher on July 15, 2013 – 4:22 am

I have been thinking a great deal about where technology will take datacenters in the next 25 years. There is some discussion about consolidation of computing power and storage in large cloud hosting companies such as Amazon AWS, Rackspace, Linode and others. Those companies are massive and will continue to grow. But we aren’t headed for a world where all computation and storage are handled in a handful of massive datacenters.

I suspect that a couple of things will help to counter the centraliztion of compute/data. One thing that will help is that people are holding in their mobile phone and their desktops a great deal of computing power. You can by a desktop for $500 that has more CPU/RAM than an Amazon AWS Large instance that costs $176 a month.

Another thing that will help is when we finally start getting gigabit connections. When Google Fiber speeds become the norm then it will be even easier for the compute power of individual non-datacenter computers to get back into the larger compute ecosystem. Or to put it another way, your awesome iPhone 15 may also host your websites.

World’s Computational Power

https://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6025/60.abstract

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