The cloud of revolution, seminar by Peter van Roy, Université catholique de Louvain

Cloud computing is a recent technology that provides metered services at
multiple granularities for a specified level of quality.  It makes it
possible for companies to manage their IT infrastructures more
economically.  But this is only the tip of the iceberg: cloud computing
is much more than that.  It starts with three notable properties:
(almost infinite) scalability of resources, elasticity (the ability to
scale resource usage up and down rapidly), and pay-as-you-go (only pay
for what you use).  These properties enable a whole new class of
applications that will (in our view) revolutionize the Internet yet
again.  For example, we predict that in the next ten years, voice
communication will do real-time language translation.  Implementing this
requires enormous computational and storage requirements for short
periods, and this is exactly what the cloud provides.  For companies
that invest in this area now it is an opportunity to be part of a new
market from its beginning.


Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:00