Another timely reality check – see the full post for more context-setting on IBM’s EC2 announcement
Prickett Morgan also notes, "If compute clouds want to succeed as businesses instead of toys, they have to run the same commercial software that IT departments deploy internally on their own servers. Which is why [the] deal struck between IBM and Amazon's Web Services subsidiary is important, perhaps more so for Amazon than for Big Blue."
It doesn't seem like such a big deal, and it probably isn't. But you never know. The licensing of MS-DOS seemed like small potatoes when it happened. Could the accidental kingmaker have struck again?
I agree with the comment about running the same software on-prem and in the cloud; that’s one of the reasons I think IBM’s LotusLive strategy, which starts with acquisitions and integration rather than hosting its on-prem offerings (with the exception of the rebranded IBM Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging, now LotusLive Notes), is going to hit some enterprise roadblocks