Web Platforms and CSCO/WEBX

Tim O’Reilly on Cisco’s acquisition of Webex

To become a real platform player in Web 2.0, Cisco will need to open up both the application and the infrastructure. Steve is really right to point to Amazon as the leader in thinking of the Web as platform. Everyone else who is building web services platforms — even Google, who is the leader in so many other ways — is really just building application-layer platforms, allowing people to build extensions to their applications. But with S3, EC2, and SQS, Amazon has built services that allow others to build on their infrastructure, not just on their applications. And when a platform allows people to build whatever they want, look out!

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