Interesting how cycles go in this business.
Back in the beginning when computers were hugely expensive and people relatively cheap, we had big centralized mainframes so we could share the high cost computer.
As computers got comparatively cheaper we stopped sharing them and distributed client/server computing became the norm.
Now computers are so cheap that people are comparatively expensive and we have these giant Google data centers so that a few people can be shared around managing all the computers.
What’s next? When computers become so automated that they don’t require anyone at all to manage them, they will be distributed out again as appliances.