re: IT's Attitude Problem
The author is being a bit of a fool. Actually, a lot more than a bit. The very FIRST consideration to a big cloud deployment is bandwidth per user. "Hmmm...1000 users...50 Mbps net connection...1 TB of data in the cloud. Nope, sorry, don't pass go, don't collect $200."
The first thing that anyone seriously considering cloud deployments needs is that their employees are spread out...well, like clouds. If you have few, if any IT-centric personnel working on 3G/4G/LTE, then what sense does the cloud make? And how many respondents fit the niche that their IT-centric employees are spread out, either stuck on mobile data or in such small numbers per site that the bandwidth numbers work? Top-end, about 10% maybe.
Come back and talk to me when you've got internet connections that average 10 Mbps per employee with unlimited data that cost, well, NOTHING, like a 10 Gbps LAN does, and then we'll talk. Until then, that 1 TB of data will stay on MY side of the 2.5 Mbps connection the 30 of us have to share.
I'd love to get that data mirrored up on the cloud so those of us out of the building could get at the critical stuff working in the field--at a reasonable price, bulletproof availability, comprehensive security and fast access. But that ain't presently on offer. What is on offer just swamps what bandwidth we have when it comes to mirroring.
The cloud ain't ready yet. And I'm not sure that the internet speeds and latency to make it ready will ever be ready. Terabyte storage and 10 Gbps LAN speeds mean that the Server/client architecture we've got ain't going anywhere, any time soon.