points to a debate going on at The Economist
... and it's actually framed as a debate, with a proponent and opponent elaborating their positions with respect to the motion, "Cloud Computing: This house believes that the cloud can't be entirely trusted.
) The rebuttal statements are offered by Stephen Elop
(President, Microsoft Business Division) and Marc Benioff
(Chairman & CEO, salesforce.com). Needless to say, the twittersphere is all, uh, a-twitter. The moderator of the debate, Ludwig Siegele, noted on Friday:
After the first day's voting went heavily in favour of not trusting the cloud (71% versus 29%), some started a campaign on Twitter calling on people to vote "no" and "show support for trust in the cloud", to quote one of the many tweets (some of which seemed to have been sent by Salesforce employees: see: twitter.com/search?q=cloud%20economist
). This is the most likely explanation why, on the second day, 69% had voted "no" and only 31% "yes".... Both (Benioff and Elop)are ... making their points more forcefully. "Can the cloud be all things to all businesses?", asks Mr Benioff, and adds: "That's certainly the direction in which we are headed. One thing that astonishes me on an almost daily basis is the expanding universe of applications available in the cloud." Mr Elop comes to a different conclusion: "The issue is about trust in the cloud, and whether or not all data and applications make sense in the cloud. The reality is that some scenarios are ideal for the cloud, and some are not, while others still are best served by a hybrid environment."
Mirchandani, in his post, strikes a decidely ironic tone as he generates a list of vendor incumbent practices which cloud offerings, in comparison, seem to trump. Check out his post here:
Hat tip to Vinnie Mirchandani
and The Economist.