With on-prem solutions, you can at least access the physical servers and get your data out to carry on with your day while the infrastructure gets fixed.
You can run your own hardware and pull in multiple power lines without establishing your own country.
I’ve ran my own hardware, maybe people have genuinely forgotten what it’s like, and granted, it takes preparation and planning and it’s harder than clicking “go” in a dashboard. But it’s not the same as establishing a country and source your own fuel and feed an army. This is absurd.
Fun related fact: My first employee's main office was in former electonics factory in Moscow's downtown powered by 2 thermal power stations (and no other alternatives), which have exact same maintenance schedule.
I didn’t know the cloud-to-butt translator worked on comments too. I forgot that was even a thing.
And then “your data is in my butt” was just a play on that.
But yeah, it's still a thing, and the message behind it isn't any less current.
I made IoT using cheap (arduino, nrf24l01+, sensors/actuators) for local device telemetry, MQTT, node-red, and Tor for connecting clouds of endpoints that aren't local.
Long story short, its an IoT that is secure, consisting of a cloud of devices only you own.
Oh yeah, and GPL3 to boot.