Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Dec 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Now that everything is moving to the cloud internet, you might think that data loss is a thing of the past. Sadly, as the past few months have taught us, this actually isn't true; we first had the Microsoft/Danger disaster, and now we have Palm and Sprint facing a class-action lawsuit over data loss for webOS phones. All this raises the question: how safe is it to store your precious data on the internet, and do you really trust the internet?
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by polaris20 on Thu 10th Dec 2009 15:15 UTC
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I think the real value of the cloud is synchronization and redundancy. To store your data all in one place is foolish, and that includes the cloud.

However using services like Mozy and Carbonite for backing up data you also have at home is very smart, if you do not have access to remote back up otherwise. Saying storing your data in the cloud is foolish is short-sighted and foolish.

The average home user doesn't back up their data. If they do, it's to an external disk. What happens when there's a break in and everything's stolen? What happens when there's a flood? Fire? The cloud, in conjunction with automated services like Carbonite could save them.

Sure, you could burn DVD's and/or move the external disk to work or a relative's every once and awhile, but who actually does that, besides a handful of geeks?

The cloud brings somewhat of a co-location/disaster recovery site to the average user, and that's a good thing. Saying otherwise is quite ignorant.

"In the end, internet or no, there is still only one tried and true way to keep you data from getting lost: it involves common sense, and a 60 EUR external hard disk (or a fancy RAID setup if you're a nerd). Mac OS X has an easy-to-use and effective (but technically crude) solution, and you can get similar solutions on Windows and Solaris (ZFS)."

Yeah, tried and true, except when you have a burglar, fire, or flood. Then you're screwed, just like everyone who didn't back up at all.

It could happen to anyone, even Francis Ford Coppola.

Edited 2009-12-10 15:19 UTC

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