Utility computing goes mainstream

New York Times: “a speech in New York yesterday at the start of a costly and quirky marketing campaign, Samuel J. Palmisano, I.B.M.’s chief executive, declared his company was making a $10-billion bet on a strategic shift toward what it calls ‘on-demand computing.'”

I know, I know… everyone else is working on the same thing, and it’s an idea that has been around for a few decades. But don’t dimiss the impact of IBM’s bet on what it calls “e-business on demand.” IBM is the company that made the Internet safe for big business, and if anything it’s more important in this period of market uncertainty. No one will get fired for buying IBM’s vision.