The great mathematician G.H. Hardy wrote a slim book that is great for mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. Best of all
As fifty or more years have passed since the death of the author, this book is now in the public domain in the Dominion of
So yes, you can get it for free, here.
I highly recommend it. (Did I mention it is a great read for non-mathematicians, too. It really is.)
Thanks to @anitleirfall on twitter for pointing this out.
And he and Softlayer (part of IBM) make a good case for it here: Bezos’s law signals it’s time to ditch the data center in Tech News and Analysis.
This reminds me of a similar article, by Nicholas Carr, that was famous some time ago: Does IT Matter?
In both cases, where IT is a commodity like electricity or running water, getting the lowest cost and most generic (but good quality) version of it should be the goal.
However, IT can also be used as a differentiator. So can a data center. In those cases, company’s should control and manage their IT / data center to give themselves a competitive advantage.
P.S. As always, these views are my own and not necessarily my employers. See the “About” page for more on this.