Not everything is best suited for the cloud. I've used Evernote for a few years and always thought their performance was impressive.
- Shards – protection in silos
- Single-tier architecture; No remote storage
- Evernote's business model and cost structure. Evernote is notable for their pioneering of the freemium model, based on the idea from their CEO: The easiest way to get 1 million people paying is to get 1 billion people using. *Evernote is designed to become profitable at a 1% conversion rate.