Retaliation for Cloud Computing coming?

Who would protest the coming of Cloud Computing?  The staff it replaces.  And, many times they are the ones who are involved in evaluating a large move to the cloud.

MSNBC has an article that discusses the privatization of the TSA service to improve customer service vs. Federal TSA staff.

Airports toy with the idea of tossing the TSA

Privatizing security won't affect cost or protocol, but could bolster efficiency, customer relations


Jeff Chiu  /  AP

A security contractor pats down a traveler at San Francisco International Airport last year. Security checks at San Francisco International are conducted by private contractors, not federal TSA agents.


By Harriet BaskasTravel writer

A new year has brought new resolve for airport managers who are fed up with the Transportation Security Agency.

"The TSA has grown too big and we're unhappy with the way it's doing things," said Larry Dale, president of Orlando Sanford International Airport. "My board is sold on the fact that the free enterprise system works well and that we should go with a private company we can hold directly accountable for security and customer satisfaction."

Dale isn't alone. Airports in Los Angeles, the Washington, D.C. metro area, Indianapolis, and Charlotte, N.C., are also considering tossing the TSA.

How many end users feel this way about their IT departments?

'People at the top are idiots'
"The screening partnership program may be a step in the right direction, but ultimately, it doesn’t change the fact that people at the top are idiots. The real problem is that TSA needs to be totally rebuilt," said aviation consultant Michael Boyd, of Colorado-based Boyd Group International.

So, what happens?  Stalling.

Cindi Martin, airport director at Glacier Park International in Montana, said her airport sent an SPP application in October of 2009. They, along with three other Montana airports, are still waiting for action.

The delay is creating a new set of problems. Knowing that a private contractor will eventually take over, "[Transportation Security Officers] are retaliating against authority and the airport management staff," Martin said, "and we’re getting no help from TSA management."

So, even though the Cloud has momentum.  Don’t think there are people out there like the TSA who want the problem cloud to go away.

This will frustrate the end users of IT services even more as others make progress faster.

Think of all those start-ups who own no data center assets and everything has been in the cloud since day 1.  Many times it has been said the greenest action in data centers is keeping from building your next data center.  Many start-ups wouldn’t even consider building a data center.

Can a company who uses the cloud claim they have a green data center?

Could Amazon or some other cloud provider give an environmental impact statement as part of their cloud use?  I think someone in Europe will do this before the US.