There is an extensive discussion on what the “cloud” definition and standards should be, benefits and risks, etc. Probably a distraction of really critical issues:
Today 2/3 of the total IT Investment do not result on real differentiation. Depending on the value of each IT services, we’ll see a migration of those to any of the three clouds. IT will finally become transparent.
Note: Six months after the “Windows Azure Launch”.
There is a false perception that Microsoft Azure might not be ready for production use BUT in fact several partners are already charging for solutions built on top of it... SLAs are required but we are a lot closer than what it seems.
Pricing will be announced: we should consider the present a “free period”. Functionality and reliability will only improve. NOW It’s the time to build the “new era of solutions”.