Re: IT buyers
Susan, it is simply that vendors will want to offer choices - both supplying the cloud vendors on the one hand, while also having an increasing range of options so that end users (typically large scale it must be said) can enjoy similar cost and flexibility profiles to what they might get by using a public cloud. This is, if you like, the idea of a private cloud on public steroids. One specific example (drawing from the relative little that has been said so far) is the "Project Nile" from EMC, but there are many such things in the works froma variety of vendors. Dont forget that there's an intriguing business balance here: even if the "cloud-like" on prem abilities don't meet the actual price cloud providers pay, the end user may perceive it as a wash because of the impact of the CSP profit margin. Future decisions will be based far more on the preceieved relative risks of each route and the proclivity a user has to do things themselves (in other words, is IT a desirable / necessary core competency or not?).