An interesting post with some drawbacks of cloud computing and EC2, from those in the trenches: Real-world cloud computing.
There are some real gems here, such as:
- [They all] used Amazon services, and most if not all of them seemed to use RightScale to manage them.
- Cost: cloud is more expensive than real machines. Cloud is good for elastic computing, not for high constant demand.
- You need monitoring services external to your cloud!