Big shifts in the way companies charge for software

Steve Hamm

It's amazing how a an architectural shift in one technology can upset the apple cart for another. That's just what's happening as a result of the shift to produce microprocessor chips with more than one processor on them. Since many software companies charge their customers for products based on the number of processors in a server computer, this is making them rethink the way they charge. It's also making some customers squawk. Interestingly, this tempest may result in the tech world shifting over to utility computing--customers paying for processing power only when they need it--even faster than pundits expected.

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