My friend Jonathan Schwartz is announcing on his blog Sun’s launch of it’s on-demand grid computing service, network.com. The idea is to make massive distributed computing power available to anyone through the Web.
This announcement, along with Amazon’s S3 network storage service, and the initiatives in this direction that I have no doubt Google will soon launch, represent a turning point. The concept of the Internet as a vast sea of virtual computing capacity has been around for some time. It’s now becoming real, in the form of commercial services. I honestly don’t know what kinds of innovations this shift will spawn, but I’m confident there will be many.