New technology is fun, productive and always gets a lot of attention. The newest shiny objects and magic bullets attract us. But with every shift in technology there are things we lose, as well.

One of the big technology shifts that’s been under way for the past few years is "the cloud." The idea behind cloud computing is basically this: Instead of having a large pile of processing power and hard drive space (what information technology wonks like to call "compute assets") of your own, you lease these things from a vendor.

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