See recording here: http://www.redmonk.com/cote/2010/04/12/pragmaticcloud/
In the IT industry 2009 was apex of cloud promises and hype. The early, now cliché successes captured everyone’s attention and many vendors turned on a dime to deliver something – anything – with the word cloud in it. At the same time, the aging hype-silos of development like Agile development, rails, open source, and Java were cut back on their meal-rations unless they could connect with “cloud.” We’re hardly “done” with the cloud, but there are now endless deployment options, taxonomies, technologies, and distractions that are more smoke filled rat-holes than clouds. This talk deals with the state of things now and how you can take start pragmatically getting along with things in the current, cloud-injected development-scape.