You may be right, but I wonder if the author of the article is aware that one of the leading cloud friendly distros, CoreOS, uses systemd. If fact, systemd is an integral part of fleet:
With fleet, you can treat your CoreOS cluster as if it shared a single init system. It encourages users to write applications as small, ephemeral units that can easily migrate around a cluster of self-updating CoreOS machines.
RedHat's geard, which is part of OpenShift, also uses systemd.
It seems to me that the opposite is happening, cloud ready distros are choosing systemd.