Many writers have done a great job pointing out the shortcomings and risks of “The Cloud”, and there is certainly no shortage of risk. The Cloud is definitely not perfect. Of course, I remember when PCs arrived, and they certainly weren’t perfect in the early and mid-80s. The first Blackberry was pretty exciting and also a little scary with all its risks. The first time I accessed the internet, I think it took 20 minutes for my first web page to appear. And let’s not even bring up the iPhone 4g! Brian Moran, at SQL Server Magazine, wrote a great column late last week called “Cloud Computing: It’s Not Quite Ready, but You Need to Be” that really addresses this issue. We can argue all day about security risks, access risks, and performance concerns, but at the end of the day, Cloud Computing is here to stay and the sooner we embrace it and work through the flaws, the sooner we’ll be able to take advantage of all the great benefits.