Only a few short years ago, people on both sides of the cloud continuum had very fixed, and very constrained, views of what infrastructure should look like. On one side of the house, you had those decrying “the false cloud” and warning of the risks of using anything that didn’t meet some dogmatic view of what cloud actually constitutes. On the other side of the house were the doomsday prophets who warned of the calamitous consequences that would occur should anyone use something that even resembled the cloud.

That was a few years ago and, thankfully, we’ve all moved on a little. The messaging is far more mature these days. Salesforce, the originator of the “beware the false cloud” message, even doffs its cap in the direction of private cloud (famously giving HP its own private instance of Salesforce). Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services, the king of the public cloud, is making a previously considered heretical move and building private clouds for some well-heeled customers.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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