Originally Posted by JimmyCrackCorn
The Cloud gets banged around far too much. Its a business term that means everything and nothing as a result.
From experience in a number of real projects you end up with a couple of key problems
Where does your data rest?
How is your data secured at rest?
How is physical access to the secured?
They live on amazon ec2/ec3/azure just doesn't cut it as an answer.
Which laws apply to data is another fun question if there is a chance it can migrate to the US should Amazon have another mystical lightning strike.
The one company I saw who had serious privacy concerns and wanted to address them hired a data-centre in Dublin to provide private cloud. (so virtual hosting then)
I actually haven't seen many companies jump on to the cloud with the normal business apps. This may change when hardware refresh time arrives.
With the exception of hosted mail and the normal hosted Virtual web Server. Which was normal a decade ago in the form of a hosted physical or shared web services.
I remember being at a conference in the US, and I was with some colleagues and I suggested we should write an RFC defining what a cloud is, and then anytime someone said cloud, if it didnt match what we had described, then it have to be called an RFC non-compliant cloud.
We may have been drinking at the time.