One of the questions that has to be asked when talking about cloud computing is whether the comparison between computing and electricity really works, or at least how far it can be pushed as an analogy.

In general, ubiquitous electricity became possible only through standards – what would we do if people wanted to buy electricity by the volt – you buy 10 volts, I buy 25 and someone else wants 110 – well we do have 110 and 220 but we don’t have a hundred different choices.

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Don Sheppard
I'm a IT management consultant. I began my career in railways and banks after which I took up the consulting challenge! I try to keep in touch with a lot of different I&IT topics but I'm usually working in areas that involve service management and procurement. I'm into developing ISO standards, current in the area of cloud computing (ISO JTC1/SC38). I'm also starting to get more interested in networking history, so I guess I'm starting to look backwards as well as forwards! My homepage is http://www.concon.com but I am found more here.