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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I disagree
by capricorn_tm on Thu 10th Dec 2009 08:38 UTC
capricorn_tm
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2005-12-31

Thom, each day in IT work you are confronted with user deleting documents, losing PSTs, nuking share drive folder three structures.

How do you think we survive? We force user to use shared drive and then backup regularly to be able to restore the data if the issue arises.

Seems familiar? It is, it is saving on the Internet, only that YOU own the server.

Now, unless you do not want to start a serve in your house, put it on open DNS and be the IT manager of yourself, even backuping data has it's limits ( what will you do? Burn a DVD each time you modify your Word doc?).

Google is in fact offering to do that for you on their servers and I assure you that no backup system is flawless in IT ( Have ever have to say to a mother that her child will not come home tonight? I had to say to a researcher that his mailbox was nuked and lost. Close enough).

If we are talking backup, the internet is a solution that existed only for companies brought down to single usage.

If we are talking ( as it seems to me) of the rights on data and thus the privacy issues that it all involves, well, we should have started from the day they offered us a Gmail, now it is a bit late, don't you think ?

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RE: I disagree
by nyarnon on Fri 11th Dec 2009 09:35 in reply to "I disagree"
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2009-01-26

Dont be daft, a proper backup means that you have at least 3 copies of your data in different places (drives/media) It's a foolproof protocol even used by Nasa on spaceflights. It will work for the home user as good as a company. Try that storing your data on a cloud. You have no idea what it will be used for and how it will be stored. In Fact you loose control. Simple. If you are to lazy to be bothered with backing up dont look for an easy way out. There never is.

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