One of the definitions of the world "cloud" in Merriam-Webster's dictionary is "something that obscures or blemishes". This definition often seems fitting for today's computing cloud.

I have seen a number of universities move services to the cloud only to reverse course and move them back to campus due to "blemishes" in security, reliability, service, cost, integration issues and/or compliance concerns. In fact, at Southern Illinois University (SIU) we are currently moving faculty and staff email back to campus.

And it isn't just higher education. A Gartner analyst recently predicted that by 2014, 30% of enterprises using software as a service

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