From a very simple set of ideas, a cornucopia of choices now exist: each its own distinct flavor.
That’s the way technology matures: innovation, differentiation and speciation.
I was originally a UNIX guy. For years, I had that wall-sized chart that showed how UNIX evolved over the years. I’m sure one could create a similar wall-sized infographic showing the evolution of “cloud”.
And, yes, people still fruitlessly argue that some forms are “better” than others.
We’re going to see something very similar when it comes to software-defined storage. Many flavors of the same idea will compete for adoption.
And being faced with so many choices can make for hard decisions ….