Since my last post, I have worked on a number of cloud engagements. \u00a0In doing so, I could not help but think of the lyrics to that famous Dire Straits\u2019 song \u201cMoney for Nothing\u201d because it seems some cloud providers have adopted those lyrics as the mantra for their businesses. \u00a0I\u2019m not talking about situations where a vendor wants to ensure they have adequate protections in their contracts. \u00a0Rather, I am talking about a relatively new trend where a cloud provider\u2019s stated approach to the transaction is that it will take no risk whatsoever. \u00a0It will assume no obligations of any kind to the customer.\tConsider the following checklist of terms in the forms provided by several recent cloud providers:\t\t\tLiability of Provider: \u00a0Zero, the vendor has no liability for damages of any kind or type, regardless of what they may do. \u00a0Check.\t\t\tService Levels: \u00a0Zero, no service levels offered, only a vague commitment to use reasonable efforts to try to make the service available. \u00a0That commitment, however, is so thoroughly qualified by long lists of exceptions as to render the obligation useless. \u00a0Check.\t\t\tTermination Rights: \u00a0Zero, the client has no express right to terminate the agreement for any reason, even breach. \u00a0Check.\t\t\tProtection Ensuring Critical Terms of the Engagement will not Change: \u00a0Zero, the service description, functionality, SLAs, and support obligations may all change at any time, without notice to the customer. \u00a0The customer has no ability to object or terminate the agreement. \u00a0Check.\tAfter the reading the foregoing, your first thought may be that the engagements are non-critical to the customer. \u00a0That would be incorrect. \u00a0Your second thought may be that the engagements involve very low fees. \u00a0Again, you would be incorrect. \u00a0These are important engagements involving substantial fees. \u00a0The vendor\u2019s approach in each engagement: \u00a0money for nothing. \u00a0It may be that that approach will work in the near term, but ongoing, as competition increases and businesses start to more fully appreciate the risks involved, we will likely see such vendors closing up shop and looking for some other way to sell magic beans to the unwary.