No surprise here
Having 88% of current cloud users say it has "reengineered" their business about like going to a McDonalds and polling how many people like burgers and fries.
If you went to the cloud, it was for a reason. And the reason isn't cost savings. Most likely you implemented some application like online banking that would change your business.
I'm still not sold on the idea for manufacturing. I can't think of reason to make my shopfloor dependent on a WAN/ISP I have no control over. Although I will admit that is only slightly worse than having a facility connected by private circuit (T1) to your inhouse servers. I've seen construction cut a T1 line and leave you down for days. For most part, a Time Warner or Verizon won't leave you down for days.
But if your servers are in same LAN as your facility, why bring the internet into the equation? Even in article above, cloud users are now working on application exceleration and bandwith throughput instead of upgrading servers. Is that really better? And then throw in the cost of needing very powerful, redundant network connections to make the cloud work, are you really saving over having your own infrastructure?
Cloud certainly doesn't eliminate all IT, someone still has to make things work at the application level. And those are your expensive, hard to find people.
But I'm certainly watching this space and thinking hard about it. We run a local SAN to implement our virtual Windows servers. I'm the only IT person at this unit but have remote help at Corp level. Our division may be sold soon, leaving me without these expert Corp specialists who know SANs. So would I be better off with that SAN in the cloud or finding a local partner to assist if I have SAN issues? That may be a decision I'm facing very soon.