"I'm old enough to remember service bureaus on mainframes," Leader
Jay Leader, CIO, iRobot Corp.
"As a provider to the defense industry, we're not putting anything in somebody else's cloud," said Leader
, who won a 2010 CIO of the Year award from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
"Not knowing where their servers are located, … why take the risk?"
Even when pressed to consider the most frequently stated use case for private or public clouds -- software developers can spin up a development environment for a few hours or weeks -- Leader
"It hasn't evolved to the place where, for us, it would be an advantage," Leader
Private cloud proponents point to the benefits of management, automation and orchestration above the virtualized environment, but "I'm always happy to have management tools internally -- and those things are coming," Leader