Last year I was just observing the revolution when I spoke of inverting the CPU model into a rented hourly service for machine images. Now Amazon is asking “Who needs a search engine packed as an AMI? I say, who doesn’t? We’ve been watching desktop search happen in every company from Google, to Yahoo!, Microsoft and of course Apple.
I’ve been waiting for an announcement by a big iron chewing per-cpu licensed application provider that they’ll support a per-hour model for using their EC2 AMI’s, but I suspect they’ll avoid going that route to maintain their top notch support contracts and hardware company kickbacks.
We have the pieces of the puzzle with Hadoop, EC2, Lucene, Solr and the final piece, presentation, has been demonstrated by Open-Source Endeca in 250 Lines or Less. It’s going to get exciting in the next year.