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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RE[4]: Maybe
by tomcat on Mon 14th Dec 2009 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Maybe"
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"5x9's isn't excessive if you're an enterprise and your entire business is riding on customer guarantees.
But if you're just a regular business, like most, it is very excessive. My customers would balk at the cost of the last couple of 9's, at least. Because limited down time for those services doesn't cost them that much. "

Google is trying to actively court business. But as I said before, that's a tough sell unless you have (at the very minimum) phone support.

Google is saying "we're ready for business". But a lot of companies that I talk to are saying, "show us that you can support our businesses before we sign." Likewise, there are very serious privacy concerns with having Google store your data on servers side-by-side with your competitors, and possibly mining your data for their own purposes. I realize that somebody has to pay the freight -- and there is no free lunch -- but do you realize the liability when Google's servers get hacked? I'm sure if you read their agreement very carefully, you will see broad liability exemptions for Google. As with anything else, caveat emptor.

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