Jul 28 2011   3:34PM GMT

Microsoft’s ‘Data Furnace’ warms businesses to cloud computing

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Picture the scene. Indoors on a cold winter’s night, hot cocoa in hand, warming your feet by a roaring…server.

A Microsoft research report, titled ‘The Data Furnace’, has proposed cloud computing servers could be sent to homes and office buildings to be used as a “primary heat source”.

Downtime has heard a lot of hype but is Microsoft is pushing the limits on cloud computing hot air?

“Cloud computing is hot, literally,” says the report.

Connotations of report title The Data Furnace may fail to completely quell data security concerns but, nevertheless, an in-house server could go a long way to familiarise businesses with components of cloud computing.   
Perhaps the next phase of the project could be giving out iPads as cushions to make companies more comfortable supporting new mobile technologies?

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