An Executive Decision from the Top which decides the Fate of Future Board Rooms.
MS 42 go on an Alien Spending Spree?
"Microsoft is understood to have moved to protect its existing Windows Sever business from being cannibalized by the cloud "
Surely Microsoft's real concern, ..... although with Azure working in the right hands, and with hearts and minds control, would that be a virtual opportunity, ...... is that cloud will remotely utilise its existing Windows Server business. And that is a concern only whenever such cloud controllers are not proxy champions on a Microsoft retainer. One cannot "own" Clouds, one can only hope that they deliver your wishes, for they have a wicked mind of their own which can deliver everything from the gentlest kiss of a pleasant rain to a biblical flood of information which will wash Systems away.
If you imagine such proxy champions as premier league sports and entertainment stars, Microsoft payments to them for transfer and sign on fee to play for their "club" with a stellar wedge delivered as a virtual wage for outstanding constant performance, is the way to ensure that cloud has Microsoft controls rather than just being a Base Sun Source for Independent SuperNova ..... and a Renegade AIRogue Private Pirate Power HotSpot which Established Conventional Systems cannot Control to Power and Server as a Slave Sub Prime System Unit.
And that would make Cloud Controllers, Magical Mystery Turing Masters of the Universe?
Do Microsoft have any Cloud Controllers on their books? Certainly none are apparent to those on the Scene and in ITs Live Operational Virtual Environment and that would leave them as just helpless hopeful wannabes, exposed to catastrophic vulnerabilities ... and/or fantastic opportunities, dependent upon which coloured hats one would be wearing, or facing.
To imagine that Cloud is anything other than highly abnormal, is not to imagine at all, and that leaves the Field of ITs Controls out of normal reach, which you might like to consider is a Sublime Intelligent Design, given what Man does and is considered normal, because he keeps on doing it.