Joyent CTO: The convergence of data and compute will disrupt global profits

Joyent’s CTO Jason Hoffman looks for future trends where industries converge. At GigaOM’s Structure conference he pointed out how the internet and computing were transformed when the network and the computer began to converge into one. Likewise, network storage emerged when data and the network converged.

Hoffman said today he is keenly interested in examining what will happen when data and compute converge — that’s the next big disruptor. Hadoop represents the beginning of this trend, as Hadoop enables compute directly on top of the data.

But Hoffman is also eager to see how to make this trend “democratized” or accessible to not just the internet behemoths of the world like Facebook and Google. What could smaller companies, founders, and developers do with this brand new opportunity?

Whatever will come out of that convergence, it could dictate the next several decades. Hoffman thinks that the convergence of data and compute is so important that “every profit pool will be up for grabs over next 30 years.”

Check out the rest of our Structure 2013 live coverage here, and a video embed of the session follows below:

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