I was asked by several folks what I thought about "the cloud" and what it means for the future of IT, business, culture, society, and so on. One reader (Randy, thank you!) asked if I would take a minute to write something on it. I've been poking at this subject with a stick like a three year old curiously prodding a jelly fish washed ashore.
First: Caveats and Disclaimers: I don't work with cloud technologies. I don't have any clients that use what I would call "significant" cloud services.
The closest thing to cloud services I've used is Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. Some of these only remotely qualify as a "cloud" service, while others fit the bill pretty well (Gmail and Google Docs, for example).
But what is it?
Wikipedia (everybody's authoritative source, right? heh heh) defines it as "