Friday, October 30, 2009

Clash of the Clouds

(Posted by Mads Srinivasan)

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14637206


It may be a good exercise to discuss this statement in the class: "the economics of the cloud may be different from those of the PC. Network effects are unlikely to be as strong. Much of the cloud is based on open standards, which should make it easier to switch providers"

If the economics of clouds is based on open standards, how can company extract value from their cloud offerings? Looks like there is no "winner take all" in the cloud. Is the pie big enough for multiple players? Do some companies have inherent competitive advantage over others?

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