The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

In the 10 years since the modern form of public cloud computing went mainstream, it has changed the entire industry's approach to IT. In response, IT's top vendors have had to change as well. Like any technology, however, the public cloud has adapted, evolved, and become something much different than was ever originally envisioned.

The public cloud is now a part of the fabric the IT universe; inseparable from reality. This doesn't prevent people from denying reality – humanity seems pretty good at that, all things considered – but the combination of near-instant provisioning, self service, scriptability and ease of use is the new normal for IT...

What's worth noting is that public cloud adoption wasn't driven by technology. In many ways public cloud offerings are shockingly inferior to those that can be delivered by on-premises teams. Public cloud adoption was driven by human factors. In turn, customer demands transformed the public cloud from what was planned into what it actually became...

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