Hosting Does Not a Cloud Solution Make: How to Spot Cloud Posers

I recently saw a LinkedIn post from an industry analyst equating the term "cloud computing" to "just a computer that lives somewhere else." While I'm sure there was a jestful side to the post, the underlying message highlighted a very important point that software buyers should be considering. If the "cloud” solution you are buying equates to a direct, 1-to-1 server substitution in an on-premise location, it isn't cloud, it's hosting.