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Is PHP the Answer to Interoperable Cloud Computing?
Sun's Tim Bray: ""There is already sort of a cloud ecosystem out there in the world of PHP"
By: Jeremy Geelan
Nov. 6, 2008 08:15 AM
"There is already sort of a cloud ecosystem out there in the world of PHP," notes Sun's Tim Bray in a recent post. "There are a whole bunch of competitive vendors where you can upload a bunch of .php files and database dumps and with only a moderate amount of twiddling, get your app running," he adds.
"[T]he current economic climate is going to get in the way of anything that requires laying out capital. In this light, cloud computing starts to look good for the same reason that Open Source looks good: low up-front costs. So, just like everyone else, I think technology providers and consumers need to be looking really hard in this direction."
But he sees two flies in the ointment:
"The small problem is that we haven’t quite figured out the architectural sweet spot for cloud platforms. Is it Amazon’s EC2/S3 “Naked virtual whitebox” model? Is it a Platform-as-a-service flavor like Google App Engine? We just don’t know yet..."
And the big problem?
"[I]f cloud computing is going to take off, it absolutely, totally, must be lockin-free. What that means if that I’m deploying my app on Vendor X’s platform, there have to be other vendors Y and Z such that I can pull my app and its data off X and it’ll all run with minimal tweaks on either Y or Z."
In Bray's view, at the moment anyway, he dopesn't think either the Amazon or Google offerings qualify.
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