If you don't find Cloud, Cloud will find you !! In my views, those who are not ready to make themselves compliant to the cloud computing environment as they might be having the impression that Cloud is too far to reach their working environment / technology and put their job at stake, Windows Azure Platform Appliance Solution is the new giant ready to reach your premises / technology / jobs.
This solution breaks the barrier that enterprises feel for using and/or migrating to the cloud. And this factor was allowing data out of the premises. With this appliance solution, enterprises can have their private cloud in the enterprise with Windows Azure and SQL Azure.
What most of us would be interested in, is the question "How does this impact my technology / job ?" Below are a few points from the solution home page:
1) The Windows Azure platform appliance consists of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and a Microsoft-specified configuration of network, storage and server hardware.
2) The appliance is designed for service providers, large enterprises and governments and provides a proven cloud platform that delivers breakthrough datacenter efficiency through innovative power, cooling and automation technologies.
3) The Microsoft Windows Azure platform appliance is different from typical server appliances in that it involves hundreds of servers rather than just one node or a few nodes and It is designed to be extensible, customers can simply add more servers, depending upon the customer’s needs to scale out their platform.
4) The appliance is currently in Limited Production Release to a small set of customers and partners.
These winds of change indicate that future versions of technologies like SSIS, SSRS and now with this solution even SSAS can be imagined to be operating on the cloud as SQL Azure is also a part of this solution. And if you are not willing to be cloud-ready and you work with Microsoft based solutions, I do not see time too far when you would start risking you job profile as "Cloud would have found you, coz you never thought of finding the cloud" !! I am looking forward to my readers, to share their thoughts with me on this viewpoint.