The word we us for predicting the weather came from the guys who used to try and predict when meteors and comets would appear which in turn was supposed of influence events here on earth. Nowadays the Met Office are actually getting a lot better at it and attempts have also been going on for the last 50 years to also try and control it e.g. limiting the power of tornados or encouraging rain in arid areas.
When it comes to IT cloud control might seem irrelevant as the provider does all the administration for you when you provision a service like Azure EC2, Google, or V-Cloud. However while the tin is taken care of the rest is still down to the good old IT professional and this was bought home to me recently during an excellent talk at the London Vmware user group by a speaker who I will refer to as Stu (he wishes to remain anonymous and I did get his permission to blog this of course)
The key points of his Virtual First presentation that apply to pretty well any cloud provider are..
So I go to the Vmware user group to find out best practice pick up any issues the community have with Microsoft solutions running in a virtual world and thus support the IT professional in the UK even if we differ on the virtualisation platform we use.
Thanks for the kind words! i'm really sorry I ran off after only half a conversation with you afterwards, i looked for you but couldnt find you again :(. Anyways, I've kick off a series of posts on my blog over on www.vinternals.com to try and put that talk into words, any feedback from you is most welcome :)