True, except there aren't any new or additional server farms being built for the iPad; it uses the same internets that exists today, and doesn't make use of any cloud computing options that aren't already up and running. They need to be targeting Google and Microsoft, the biggest proponents of moving everything to the cloud.
Yes, but aren't they? They aren't 'targeting' the iPad per se. They are using the iPad as an example of increased cloud computing which makes sense. The iPad is high profile and so are using it to draw attention. I think that's pretty legit. They go out of their way to explain that they are not attacking Apple or any of the others, they are just raising awareness of the amount of energy used to run huge server farms. Don't forget that Apple is building a massive server farm / data centre. I don't know how energy efficient it is or will be but I would welcome any initiative to ensure that Apple's server farm is the greenest on the planet. If no-one makes a noise there would be less incentive for the big corporations to act. GP is in the business of making noise. It may not always be what we want to hear but I don't get all this ferocious defensiveness.