Thursday, August 24, 2006

Amazon's Virtual Computer

More innovation at Amazon.com -- from a BusinessWeek post:

 Dubbed the Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, the service is essentially computer power on demand over the Internet.

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No, it's not for mere mortals like you or me, or even for general corporate use. And I'm not going to geek out and explain it all here, since you can read more about it here if you want the hairy details. (Or check out Nic Cubrilovic's post at TechCrunch.)

But suffice to say, Amazon has once again surprised those who think it's "just a retailer." Who would have thought that someday this online retailer might compete, even in a small way, with the likes of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems?

Strange days indeed...

Source: Amazon's Virtual Computer

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