A hypothetical discussion between a cloud consultant and his client that is just too good not to post. Just be forewarned - this is NSFW.

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No one is spared by "the consultant":

"No one knows what is going on. Not even Gartner. Especially Gartner."
"CloudCamp is just a bunch of vendors getting pissed, eating pizza and comparing the size of their case studies."
"And what is this about Microsoft. They are considered to be one of the four big cloud providers and they are about as cloudy as Steve Ballmer is cool."

It goes on. it does strike a chord. The hype about cloud computing is so ripe for satire. Almost as much as social media - which apparently was the inspiration for this sketch.

The cloud consultant makes his point pretty well about the state of the cloud computing market. Hardly anyone is making any money. Have we not seen this before in our world of over charged tech enthusiasm?

In the meantime, according to the consultant, the only ones making a dime (barely) on cloud computing are a bookseller and a search engine.

"And maybe Salesforce," the consultant says. "And they were cloud before cloud was cloud." ;)