Cloud-capacity market makes IT's hottest trend a commodity

SpotCloud makes buying and selling by-the-bit computing much simpler

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There are all kinds of problems with that, if you're trying to bridge them, of course. You can't run 80 percent of your SAP implementation on one cloud and 20 percent on another – probably incompatible – one. You could, but not smoothly; there would have to be a DMZ or other integration layer in the middle.

It does make pretty clear that even cloud computing – the hottest trend in IT right now, the force that's changing the economics of the business model of every vendor in the business and budget expectations of every customer – is itself a commodity service that is sucking the unique value out of incompatible systems quicker than you can say "generic unit of computing power."

Enomaly announced the service in November, ran it as a beta for a couple of months, and launched SpotCloud publicly on Monday.

SpotCloud estimates the cloud you buy there will cost as little as 40 percent what an equivalent capacity would from your regular cloud dealer.

And it will come in a simple, black-and-white-labeled generic package marked Computer.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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