The commercial opportunities of software as a service are widely hyped these days and many think SaaS is the future of software. That might be true in the medium term, but the volatile history of remote computing shows that one cannot be sure the trend will last indefinitely.
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Great article, showing sides of IT industry I did not know about, I have to disagree however with the threat, that the cloud infrastructure's price can drop and be accessible to companies. The point in distributed computing is the 'distributed' part here and this is the main reason cloud computing, grids and more of these are popular. That is my opinion, the article is great, it was a real pleasure reading it.
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