The data centers of today have some great capabilities. It is nearly free to connect one, it is much easier to start one up and it may not take all that much care and feeding once it is established.
That can translate into lots of folks offering you a bit of their Cloud, like Amazon’s EC2 service. And if some of the more dodgy start-ups (Amazon excepted, of course) haven’t done their homework, their Cloud could spring a hole and deflate. That puts you, your organization and maybe everyone else that you do business with at risk.
With all of these standards, competing offerings, and competing Cloud models, what service provider should I choose?
Before we can answer that question, we again ...