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 tomcat on Thu 10th Dec 2009 17:41 UTC
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When cloud providers guarantee 5x9's of reliability, and have the kinds of support contracts that vendors like IBM and others provide, I'll consider it. Until then, the cloud is more like a casino than a datacenter: You take your chances and, perhaps, you reap some reward. But for large organizations, there's simply too much risk at present to justify committing without support. I means, seriously, has anyone ever tried getting somebody at Google on the phone? They don't answer the phone. And this is acceptable when you have millions of dollars in transactions riding on their performance?

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