Behind the Times
The old joke about the New York Times is that nothing really happens until it appears in the Paper of Record.
And nothing is too basic to be explained to Times readers ("Spring, a popular season that follows Winter...")
Even by those standards, today's article on cloud computing feels a little...dated.
Cloud providers, large ones like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AT&T, and smaller ones like Rackspace and Terremark, aim to convince other companies to give up building and managing their own data centers and to use their computer capacity instead.
The concept of renting computing power goes back decades...I know, we do this stuff for a living, so the NYT is not always going to seem fresh to us when it covers IT, but do general business readers really need the remedial version more than two years after the publication of The Big Switch ?