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I'm sorry, but whenever I ask someone to define cloud, not only do I get a half dozen different answers, but every one of them defines a datacenter in one fashion or another. Please, enlighten us and tell us what is your definition of cloud? Quite frankly I'm tired of marketing spinning up the same thing we had in the 90's with outsourcing datacenters as cloud. I've been in this industry for decades and I've never before been so amazed at how clueless IT people have become, especially businesses that are trying to catch on to the soup du'jour of the day. Companies don't want the responsibility or accountability of their own IT infrastructure anymore, and at some point in the future, they're going to realize it's not going to be easy getting it all back. You get some lazy, easy-out executives that come into companies, outsource everything to the cloud (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, etc), get their bonus for reducing CAPEX but increasing OPEX, reduce their own accountability and walk away rich, while others are left pondering why they don't want to keep their own Intellectual Property (IP) in-house. Executives have been trying to drastically reduce costs and increase margins at the expense of the people on the bottom, regardless of what the future holds. They don't care because they've made their bonus and have walked out by the time the company realizes the model they went to isn't saving them anything, causes more headaches and their IP has leaked. Are there benefits to going to the "cloud" - sure - if you look at specific cases, but not everyone should think it's an appropriate model. If people actually did the math (keep EBITDA in mind!!), they'd realize it was a wrong decision.
Makes me sick.