Microsoft wants you to believe that Amazon Web Services is “a bridge to nowhere,” but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as Gartner says, “New stuff [workloads] tends to go to the public cloud … and new stuff is simply growing faster” than the traditional workloads that currently feed the data center. Most of that “new stuff” is heading for AWS, although Microsoft Azure is an increasingly credible play.In fact, both reflect the reality that the future belongs to the public cloud. This is in part a matter of price, as Actuate’s Bernard Golden posits, but it’s mostly a matter of flexibility and convenience. While the convenience may lead to plenty of waste in the form of unused VMs, it’s a necessary evil on the road to building the future.