Cirrus clouds are certainly beautiful but “the cloud” within technology is truly a wonderful thing. It offers so much versatility and almost limitless possibility that it’s now become a focal point when talking about development (new or migration). It’s great to have the ability to scale out web services, enable single sign-on via access control, create distributed caching mechanisms, etc. but one fly in the ointment, so to speak was around the backend, specifically databases. more