Today in Cloud

There has been a fair amount of discussion on the topic of whether cloud computing should let users mimic legacy environments and application-design principles, or whether it should encourage new methods of doing things. To some degree, this debate played out today at the database tier, with Amazon improving its Relational Database Service (RDS), while startup NorthScale got another $10 million for its RDBMS replacement software. I understand that cloud computing and NoSQL aren’t inherently related, and that AWS has made a lot of money by giving users standards tools in the cloud, but for web apps, at least, it seems like the on-premise and cloud database movements should converge at some point in the move toward optimal practices.