To The Cloud – Or NOT To The Cloud…
“To The Cloud” is the latest mantra touted my our friends at Micro$oft as the answer to all our problems.
Is it really the answer?
In many ways, The Cloud paradigm certainly is tantalizing, convenient, a problem-solver and the newest idea for always having your documents right at your fingertips. But is it really a good idea? The answer to this question depends on a great many considerations:
- Do you really trust someone else to not lose all your data in one incident?
- Do you have a bullet-proof backup plan in case your Cloud provider does exactly that?
- Is your Cloud data thoroughly encrypted?
- Do you have redundant Internet connections (more than one provider)?
- Can you live without access to your data when your Internet goes out for several hours – or a couple of days?
- How disastrous would it be if your Cloud-stored documents were revealed to the public – or your competitor – or your Ex?
See where I’m going with this?
Just as easily as your laptop hard drive can crash, the very same catastrophe can befall a Cloud provider. And their backup system can fail just like yours can. And they will.
Are you aware that WikiLeaks claims they acquired as many as 250,000 confidential documents from a Cloud-computing system?
Feel better now about Cloud Computing?
Neither do I, which is why all my data and backups are stored locally – in more than one location.
If you Do decide to use The Cloud for the sheer convenience of it, go back to the numbered list above and make sure you implement solutions to items 2, 3 and 4. Immediately.