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I am not at all shocked by IBM’s announcement of its upcoming cloud-based storage service, nor by the confirmation of its upcoming IaaS offering. Why IBM has so steadfastly denied or avoided questions of a public cloud offering is a mystery, but it does raise some questions about what this offering ultimately will look like. Will IBM rival the relative simplicity (including with pricing) of Amazon EC2 and Rackspace Servers, or will it do something more complex, more “enterprise-ready”? Conventional wisdom suggests the latter, but to truly compete, IBM must ensure its cloud maintains some of the simplicity and flexibility that make cloud computing so appealing in the first place.