Unclouded Vision

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Current opinion and debate surrounding the capabilities and use of the Cloud is particularly strident. By contrast, the academic community has long pursued completely decentralised approaches to service provision. In this paper we contrast these two extremes, and propose an architecture, Droplets, that enables a controlled trade-off between the costs and benefits of each. We also provide indications of implementation technologies and three simple sample applications that substantially benefit by exploiting these trade-offs.