Is cloud computing where E-Mail was in the 1980's?

There is an interesting article about Vinton Cerf's Keynote at Interop about the state of cloud computing and comparing it to E-Mail in the late 1980's.  For those of you not familiar with how E-Mail was then think isolation.  No way to get E-Mail from one service provider to another.  Then MCI managed to get permission and by the end of the 1980's everyone was sending E-mail to everyone else.  Mr. Cerf makes a lot of good points about how things were then and how simillar the state of cloud computing is today.  Check out the article and if you can find the Keynote online let us know so we can link to it.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.