Cloud Complications

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That cloud computing has yet to become widely regarded as a no-brainer for genomics researchers has not stopped the onslaught of marketing hype aimed at convincing researchers that the cloud is the salve to soothe all of their computational woes. Commercial and open-source academic efforts demonstrate that the most realistic strategy for converting genomics researchers to the cloud is by offering solutions where those users do not have to think about using the cloud at all, or at the very least, recreating or retaining as many of the comforts of home as possible.

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