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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Backups
by Delgarde on Thu 10th Dec 2009 00:01 UTC
Delgarde
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2008-08-19

For a contradictory point of view, look at it this way - Google backs up the data stored on their servers. Most users *don't* backup the data on their personal machines, or if they do, it's to DVDs or an external hard disk sitting next to the machine. Safe from a hardware failure, but useless in the event of a disaster (a fire, say) that destroys originals and backups alike.

So for the average user, Google is a much safer place to store their data. Most users don't have redundant off-site backups, distributed across the world. Google does.

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RE: Backups
by leos on Thu 10th Dec 2009 00:24 in reply to "Backups"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

So for the average user, Google is a much safer place to store their data.


Bingo. There are lots of reasons to store data locally, but safety is definitely not one of them. Unless you have remote and redundant backups, you are way better off
storing your data in the "cloud" as long as the company has the right infrastructure. Yes shit happens, but this is about as safe as you're going to get without spending millions yourself.

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RE[2]: Backups
by Declination on Thu 10th Dec 2009 00:48 in reply to "RE: Backups"
Declination Member since:
2009-11-26

Or, I could store it both places for double the fun. There is no reason to store backups solely in the cloud. The cloud is simply a convenient offsite backup provider.

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