Be Prepared For When The Cloud Really Fails
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:53 PM
Of course this article is primarily about the danger of relying on cloud storage -- WITHOUT having local (or other) backups. I can truly see many benefits for cloud storage of DATA for both individuals and employees who have need of their data wherever they are (but only IF such data ALWAYS has at least one secure backup somewhere OUTSIDE the cloud).
But in the case of so many individuals -- and especially enterprises -- now depending on "cloud software" to save money over having individually-installed versions on each computer or work station -- any time internet access and/or any particular "cloud server" goes down, they're without access to even their software. So even if they DO have local access to their DATA, they have no way of USING IT. I find such a mindset simply a setup for disaster... Consider the "fire sale" in the movie "Die Hard 4." It would take MUCH LESS of a loss of telecommunications to put users of cloud software completely OUT OF BUSINESS for however long "the cloud" was unavailable.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:03 AM