In response to NowWhatDoYouWant's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Cloud storage/service is definitely the future - at least of our connected selves, but the networking part will be tricky, which makes storing data and retrieving data two very different heads on the same beast with both subject to security issues.
I know that's what the tech world wants us to accept, but it just won't fly for a number of industries.
For example, legal work. It's bad enough that someone might hack an attorney's email account and access all sorts of privileged communications. But to store entire files in a 'cloud'? No way. I'd go back to typewriters before endangering clients that way...
By no means is it a one-size-fits-all technology, but for some dynamic environments, the cost and flexibility factors are compelling over more traditional server architecture. Hardware can be costly to purchase, maintain and administer...much less expand for a fast growing enterprise.