2008 has certainly been the rising of the Cloud, I live in England so Clouds are not that uncommon, maybe the pioneers are from a nice small town in Southern California and find them less of a commodity :)
One of the current concerns and facts of life with using a current cloud service provider (CSP, hey everyone else is making up acronyms now!) is resiliency and uptime, as in how can I make my central data stored in the cloud resiliently and most importantly secure and Integral across different service providers to reduce risk factor. Storagezilla has a great post from his internal team at EMC/RSA on an algorithm called HAIL , http://storagezilla.typepad.com/storagezilla/2008/12/hail-the-high-availability-and-integrity-layer-for-cloud-storage.html .
RSA's paper does have some very simple technical content even I can understand so have a look into this as it could most likely be the shape of architecture that will be used and developed upon (and probably already is in an open source format somewhere/place) for Clouds users either private or publicly.
Labels: EMC, HAIL, RSA