Here's David Angwin, director of marketing at Wyse, with his take on the schizoid nature of the cloud.
"Organisations can typically see the benefits of cloud computing but a 100 per cent true cloud solution is still a long way away for most.
"Desktop virtualisation with private clouds is a first step in the right direction, making IT delivery much more flexible by breaking the 1:1 link between the user and their PC.
"This helps address the immediate IT priorities (such as Windows 7 migration).
"The channel has a big opportunity here, from consulting on a rapidly changing technology arena, building private cloud infrastructure, through to delivering desktop as a service."
Read David Angwin's blog A View from The Cloud
This was first published in March 2011