Server Commoditization & The Coming Boom

With a current close-up of a macro trend I’ve been tracking here over the past 18 months, Dave Winer hits the nail on the head driving home the impact of the commoditization of scalable servers:

Right now I can’t buy a Jabber server that scales without also hiring someone who will scale it for me. But in a few years I should be able to buy a Jabber server that, when it needs more CPUs, just asks for them all transparently to the user, the same way my word processor asks the OS for more memory today.

I remember word processors that didn’t do memory management, you got a 64K buffer and that’s it. One document. When you filled it up, you started another.

Technology will go forward and scaling won’t be a black art, it’ll be something built into the software you license.

Scaling is like memory management

On a related note, Dave has recently made some very good observations about the demise of the priesthood and need for a change in business model which puts more profit in the hands of content creators. I basically agree with these looks though I think they’re part of a much larger picture. Clearly, Second Life is showing the way and others like Facebook are diving into the new model, but it will take the energy and virtual world infrastructure China’s putting into the coming boom to bring about real change.

Related Links(Updated)

XMPP(a.k.a. Jabber) is the future for cloud services

XMPP Could Really Take Over The World

Gear Mesh: Power to the Peers

Power to the Prosumer

MJ Links on virtualization

Rhythmeering links on virtualization

Mind Mesh

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  1. […] hard things are for all practical purposes impossible. Case in point – XMPP aka Jabber which has exploded into widespread use. Yes there are 2 Smalltalk Jabber clients available but they are sorely lacking. Secure […]

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