Yesterday at the Cornell University Library’s Career Development Week, Chris Miller and I delivered an updated version of the Crash Course in Cloud Computing presentation that we gave at the Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting last October. (Also updated were the supporting materials and my sardonic commentary.)
Beforehand, Chris and I were discussing how having more time for Q&A this go-round would probably lead to someone asking us if product X was an example of cloud computing, and the two of us disagreeing on the answer. Sure enough, it happened (ProQuest being the resource in question), and while we did not go ahead with our pre-arranged means of determining the correct response, it did lead to a pretty interesting discussion that I wanted to try to expand here.
So folks: is ProQuest an example of cloud computing? I said no, because its costs aren’t really dynamically scalable for the institutions who buy the licenses. Chris said it was, since it’s a resource that we could try to house on-site, but instead access remotely.
What do you think?
 Referred to hereafter as “CULCDW”. 
 In light of that acronym, I think I’ll just skip referring to it again. Great series of events, though.