The message and the movement

And now we have a new manifesto for the modern age of distributed computing. The "open computing manifesto" was launched this week with the support of some very large computer companies including Cisco, AT&T, Sun Microsystems and Telefonica as well as over 50 other players in this growing market, all under the leadership of IBM.

It outlines a set of principles that should underpin the growth of online services and utility computing as we shift from running software and storing data locally to an approach like the one we have developed for electricity, generated at large power stations for use wherever it is needed.

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