"Damn!", I say to myself. "When will I ever get rid of these ". The vacation dissolves in front of my eyes as I stare down the random embossed patches on my forearm, appear and spread. Small islands coalescing into bigger islands. I sit inside my hut, at the margin of the inviting beach of Palolem. The hut itself is neatly anchored on solid wood columns that protect it from collapsing against the force of the tides. It's now been a month or so since I started getting reactions to the sun's ultraviolet.
The world is flat. So said Thomas Friedman, referring to the globalization of the information technology industry. He termed this flattening as Globalization 3.0. Technology today has made the world flatter for the likes of us. And spawned new worlds. Virtual communities. Virtual ecosystems. Virtual worlds. Welcome to Globalization 4.0. The new globalized social order. On the World Wide Web enabled through interconnected computer networks.
Come 2012 and the cloud landscape has evolved to the point that there are different solutions for Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) and Platform as a Service (PAAS) clouds. The open source cloud landscape of course began with Eucalyptus taking lead. The original Eucalyptus cloud was dominated by the Xen hypervisor and was also included as part of the Ubuntu server distributions. That is the past and the future is more diverse and interesting. Today there are several major contenders.