seems to me the big catch is upload bandwidth. Now if they provide a way to send in your initial bulk by sneakernet (or trucknet) so you can keep your upload bandwidth down to something just proportional to changes, I think this will indeed be the advent of a watershed event. Data will nearly never be lost, and eventually everyone will have access to everything in the cloud, by hook or by crook. _____ From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Stephens, Chris Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:50 AM To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: wow. cloud computing is getting serious (oracle + amazon + openworld announcement) http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2008/09/hello-oracle.html I guess the 'big' announcement isn't until tomorrow. For the first time in a while I really feel like we are seeing a new paradigm in computing actually taking hold. .maybe I just don't have enough caffeine in me. Chris CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by email reply.