I'd now like to see El-Reg offer the opposing view..
An interesting interview, very much skewed to large Enterprises, little relevance to most SME's. I'd really like to see El-Reg interview somebody without a financially vested interested.
As has been pointed out elsewhere in discussions of similar articles, Cloud has its uses, I've employed it at my company for archiving - but I would never use it for business critical needs, simply because there is not enough accountability or support. My servers are located in a Data Center, by simply picking up the phone I can talk to the person and engineers running the Data Center and NOC.
It was only 3-4 years ago the evangelists were screaming in fanfare that it would be the death of onsite servers. That obviously has not materialized, now they are saying they'll meet onsite servers "halfway" with hybrid cloud.. I'll call "bullshit" to this as well, again it has it uses, but I know very few companies who have a WAN connection fast enough to shift Virtual Machines across the internet at a speed that would be considered "useful".
As for OpenStack, personally I hope it has a good future, VMWare's monopoly means prices are artificially inflated, and the budget I've requested to increase our licensing for 2015 made the Finance team cry! But its far to complex at present, which a large management overhead and not enough support for different hardware vendors.
Perhaps the hybrid cloud will come to full fruition, but not until 1Gb and 10G connections are cost effective for SME's.