I was just over at the Yahoo! STEC message board, attempting to bring some sense to those folks. A heavy burden, but someone has to do it. There was a thread from August, which got restarted, which tried to find justification for SSD, STEC's in particular, in cloud computing.
I disabused the poster, pointing out that cloud is all about scads of plain vanilla resource; disc in this case. A cloud provider may not even tell the client what resources types are being provided, only CPU seconds, gigabytes of disc, and the like.
Then it hit me, the light went off, the Red Sea parted. The cloud is the implementation of the Soviet Model: "What, you want a suit that's not black? You don't need blue. Black will do". It's such delicious irony; the titans of Capitalism implementing Soviet era Communism. I'll sleep better tonight, secure in the belief that American corporations are content to be told what to do by their vendors. Ah, sweet justice. Can the pogroms be far behind?