Cloud and infrastructure
The streaming gaming market is so potentially huge, you can't blame Microsoft for going after it. And chalk another one up for the power of platforms and economies of scale, as Microsoft is banking on its custom-built servers, network investments and Azure data center footprint to power the effort.
This article doesn't get into it, but the idea behind these lofts is yet another example of clever, indirect lock-in strategy by Amazon Web Services. How do you ensure a steady stream of users (and new users)? Perhaps by giving them co-working space and surrounding them by other folks all using the same platform. It's free real estate and tech support.
The Internet Archive stores so much data: "The organization’s current data totals 22 petabytes—but the Internet Archive actually holds on to 44 petabytes' worth." FWIW, I believe this is also where Hadoop was technically created, when Doug Cutting worked there.
This is a good idea, although doing it right would seem to require companies to sacrifice on short-term productivity. I think lots of people understand that coding would be a good skill to have, but simply don't have the time to learn it because they have a full plate of work to do as is. And it's not exactly the most exciting way to spend your free time.
This is pretty cool work, especially given the number of data centers Facebook now has around the world. Basically, Akkio learns how and where user data is accessed, and stores and replicates it accordingly in the right geographic locations. Assuming other companies have this type of requirements around latency and data efficiency (a big if), it's the kind of thing that cloud computing will help them start to think about.