Thursday, February 26, 2009

Clouding your vision?

The loss of the gmail service for a few hours seems to have concentrated the minds of a few people at least as to the wisdom of depending on an external resource for essential business processes.

At best this is a poor idea.

You are dependant on the availability of an internet connection, probably to another country.

With a bit of luck the provider might be securing all your data against hardware failure, corruption and accidental errors and making sure that there are multiple data centres in physically different locations.

They will of course resist the temptation to have a quick peek at your data and may even not give it to the "authorities" on demand.

And they are doing all this for free out of the kindness of their hearts.

In this case every Cloud doesn't have a silver lining...

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