I spend my life thinking strategically about data. I'm going out on a limb and making a prediction:
In two years time, a major question for every new deployment will be "Do we buy our own server, or host our data in the cloud?" and the momentum will be heavily for the cloud.
In five years time, hosting your own SQL data on your own servers will seem as obsolete as running your own dial-up BBS.
(so plan your career wisely)
- The SQL Whisperer