April Fools!

April 2, 2009

megatechblimpYes, I know that I’m one day late, but I just didn’t have time to write a post yesterday. It’s better late than never, right?

So as you know already, yesterday was April Fools’ day. Maybe you were made aware of this fact by being the gullible recipient of a prank or joke. One thing that I do look forward to each year is seeing what kind of “innovative ideas” big companies come up with. With so many companies and different April fools’ pranks out there, it’s almost like a competition. This year, I have to admit, it was pretty dull. Though, I found Amazon‘s new “cloud computing” solution to be quite funny. Maybe that’s stirred by the fact that my work is closely related to this innovative concept… That is to offer software as a service (SaaS). Maybe I’ll write about that at another time.

In any case, Amazon’s new solution is a “cloud that can come to you.” Essentially, it’s a blimp “with a capacity of 65,536 small EC2 instances, or a proportionate number of larger instances.” It has two methods of communicating with the ground, WiMAX or laser. Naturally, the laser option doubles as a self-defense mechanism. Cloud wars, anyone?

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