I thought this was interesting. Microsoft basically pulling a plug on a large project over tax issues, and moving its capability to where it has a more favorable situation.
I see a simple (and dare I say obvious) evolution in the cloud infrastructure landscape.
Take your container systems, put them on a truck and drive them to where the taxes are best.
This would create demand for points of presence with good power and network connections.
Your data center need not be anchored to one spot anymore. No longer subject to specific local/state/federal laws. Don’t like US laws? Hook up in Canada/Mexico.
This could get very interesting. Imagine your data center houses something legal in one location yet illegal in another. What if that data center traverses roads in the area where the thing is illegal?
This makes the concept of cloud risk somewhat more complex, as now it may be possible for your data to be seized by authorities for the act of traversing a specific location.