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Cloud services and the new platform wars

Gigaom: The cloud is the new operating system for enterprises, and services are the new applications. The cloud provides the computing fabric upon which the next generation of services, from Pinterest to Instagram, foursquare to AirBnB, are being built. Just as Microsoft Windows and MacOS X have provided interfaces for the previous generation of desktop applications now on the decline, cloud providers like Amazon offer interfaces for the compute, storage, and networking these services require.

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