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ah, timesharing invented again.
seems to me that cloud, aka timesharing, has been around since the 60's in various forms. certainly the internet is a better comm tool than the connections back then. still it doesn't solve the business issues of lower cost, better performance, in an environment that is as secure as having the computers in my offices. I haven't heard anything about cloud stuff that is any different than timesharing stuff -- the difference is in the devices that can talk to the cloud, not the functions it is capable of. So the value is in the notion of "do you want to farm stuff out, even with the inherent security risks", or "keep stuff in, with its inherent security risks". seems like, as long as the network speeds are less than 1gb as standard, most folks will stay with inhouse. when the network speeds (wireless and wired) are over 1 gb, i think there is a good case for letting someone else keep on the disks and processes running.