Jon Udell writes:
When entrepreneurs pitch their software-as-a-service ideas to me, I always ask how they plan to compete with what I call the galactic clusters — Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. These giants have set a high bar for Internet-scale operations, and theyre relentlessly pushing it higher.
Weve already seen how open source software projects harness collective effort to produce quality results. Were now seeing how open content projects such as Wikipedia do the same. Can open infrastructure be far behind?
Arguably its already here. Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks, notes that if we regard the P2P file-sharing networks from a technical rather than a political/legal perspective, we observe the evolution of robust decentralized storage systems. These systems could well represent a bigger threat to Amazons metered disk in the cloud, S3, than any of Amazons galactic peers will.