Just have to love some marketing folks and analysts that jump to the latest buzz word and extol the differences, benefits, pitfalls, fear, uncertainty and doubt. There have recently been some press releases concerning cloud computing concepts and technology that seems to have been lifted from previous Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) overviews from the same vendors.
Regulatory compliance plays a key role on whether to place sensitive personal data in a cloud service. There are explicit implications concerning cross-border data and trying to understand and track where you data might end up in the cloud can be challenge all by itself. The whole point of cloud computing is that you should
Cloud Computing, as defined by both National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Cloud Security Alliance is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services). These resources are configured / combined to operate like a utility. Cost is