Today in Cloud

There was much ado on Twitter this morning about the accuracy of the cloud-provider-comparison table in our recent report on Windows Azure. You can get this gist of it, and my explanation, in the Comments to that report, but it boils down to the disagreements over definitions that have plagued cloud computing since Day One. If you ask me, the problems with attempts to tie specific characteristics to specific labels is that the constant evolution of cloud services eventually will render moot such attempts. If the main difference between Iaas and PaaS is automation, I say we paint with broad strokes and let users decide whose capabilities best match their needs.