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Amazon Launches Video Streaming Service

There are a few components that will prime the pumps in the technology/media/lifestyle sectors and allow for enormous corporate growth in the next 18-24 months; and Amazon realizes this. At first-glance it would appear that Amazon just wants to join the media party and continue to offer feature-set parity with iTunes, and maybe that’s all they want to do. But when you begin to look at the broad capability Amazon is developing with their Data-center/SAS offering, their media services whether streaming or for purchase both digital and analog, their Kindle device that actually subsidizes wireless connectivity (offered through Sprint) and is a pioneering model of distributing content you begin to see that the only hole in their strategy is they have no “operating system” to offer that runs on Mobile/Set-Top/Automotive/MID appliances (Google has Android, Apple has OSX, MSFT has Windows Mobile and Linux has LiMo/Access). All of these components and cababilities describe a robust and end-to-end “cloud-computing” experience. One where you maintain statefulness with they media you consume (VOD), the content you produce (emails/blogs/reviews) and games you play all from a wide range of devices centered around you and where you are/what you are doing. From driving your car to working on your laptop to waiting at the airport, the goal is to offer the consumer a unified user experience that offers data/profile/state portability and conformes to YOU – not the other way arond. It’s all moving in that direction, and I’ll have more on this after I give my cloud-computing talk alter this month. But for now – take a closer look at some of the links and articles posted here:

Cloud Talk Research Drop

Moving Into the Cloud

So I’m reading this morning how Dell is following ASUS’ lead in embedding instant-on operating systems into their notebook products. The reasoning given is that [paraphrasing] ‘sometimes you want blackberry-like, zippy, instant access to the tasks you repeatedly perform 95% of the time but you want that access on your laptop’. The thinking is that every time you wake your Vista-based PC up from sleep there is a lag between when you want to perform your tasks, and when Vista is ready to allow you to perform them. And in doing so you’re consuming unnecessary battery life.

OK. So you’re telling me if Microsoft made a better product this trend wouldn’t be happening? It would appear that way, but I actually don’t think so – I think Microsoft is simply accelerating everyone’s move into the cloud with all of the shortcomings of Vista… You see, there really isn’t a need for an “OS” anymore, just a (very, very fat) pipeline into a large data & processing farm. All your computer needs to know how to do is send and receive commands. And as long as it can faithfully render each pixel of your resolution as fast as the information is coming at it you’ll be fine (remember I said a very, very fat data-pipe – think dumb like a TV). Let the remote compute-farm handle all of the processing.

Now I understand the plethora of articles written lately about the physical limits of heat dissipation and energy consumption of the future-state compute-farm, but we’ll overcome those technological pitfalls in due time. In the mean-time, less inspired solutions are here today: