CLOUDY DETAILS: A consortium of 221 geeked-up universities, part of the monstrously high-speed Internet2 consortium, are teaming up to test emerging edtech tools--including applications--that they will deploy, negotiating for lower fees for the entire group. Sound like a buying consortium? Does to us. So far, the technology partners are sixteen usual suspects (start with Microsoft, Adobe and Dell--but don't leave out Desire2Learn). How does your company wiggle into this testbed? They say its "by invitation only" from one of the participating universities. The services also have to be designed to leverage Internet2's 100G network and InCommon identity management services.