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Stephen Downes

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With this paper on cloud services Microsoft argues that online services will be outsourced, just as power production is. "We don't normally expect a school, college or university to generate its own electricity. There's no building with a bank of generators, no 'Manager of Electrical Generation', leading a team of technicians and adding to the woes of a vice-chancellor, principal, head or business manager." It's an interesting analogy - especially given that many universities centralize infrastructure services on campus in a 'physical plant' or even 'power plant' (look it up; you'll usually find one on a campus map). I guess we would expect MIT to generate its own power. But we also see instituitions like UCSD, Mississippi, Cal Tech, and others generating their own power. The analogy is by no means a lock. Good luck getting the PDF - mine never did make it through the download.

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