Computing as a Utility
Nicholas Carr, author of
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison toGoogle
In The Big Switch, I draw a parallel to what happened with the invention of electric utilities a hundred years ago.Before the electric utility, people had to generate their own power to run theirmachines -with waterwheels or steam engines or just their own muscles.But as soon as the wires for the electric grid were strung, they no longer had toworry about producing their own power.Power was delivered to their home or their office over the network, and all theyhad to do was plug an appliance into the socket in the wall.Thats whats happening to computing today. Its turning into a service suppliedover a network. Its becoming a utility.
Nicholas Carr is also author of
Does IT Matter?