The Big Switch

Geert Lovink has a review of Nicholas Carr‘s new book, The Big Switch:

The Big Switch can be summarized in one sentence: the  
shift from in-house computer systems to ‘cloud computing’.

Instead of storing applications on each individual PC, will we 
soon have everything store in central data warehouses. Such data 
centres are not entire new. What’s emerging is the enormous scale in 
which companies like Google are actively anticipating the future 
migration of (corporate) IT systems to a few global hubs.

The Big Switch poses all sorts of interesting questions for those  
activists, researchers and artists who prefer to work independently.  
Ever since we got access to the Internet, in 1993, it has been issue  
whether or not to build autonomous infrastructures, or to virtual  
hosting from somewhere, usually in the USA.

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