Posted On: Mar 9, 2009

“Portfolio.com takes a peek inside today’s cutting-edge corporate IT and finds the beginning of a real revolution. Talk about remote control: When Eli Lilly’s Dave Powers needs to fire up a rack of servers so scientists can run an experiment modeling, say, a potential blockbuster drug, he pulls out his iPhone and taps the screen. When the job is done, he flicks his finger and the computers disappear. Literally. They’re located in the “cloud,” or to be more exact, at one of Amazon.com’s massive data centers. Lilly rents computational time from the virtual vendor, paying only for the firepower it needs at any given moment. When a job is done, the meter stops ticking.”

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