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Uncertain future for the Cloud

Posted by Sean On June - 11 - 2010Comments Off

Ars has yet another great article on Cloud computing. The first half of the article talks about a few recent articles from various industry experts that expect some kind of cloud computing disaster in the future. On that point, we have already seen plenty of cloud computing disasters. I go back to the Sidekick disaster in Oct of 09. Microsoft managed to lose all the personal information off of every single Sidekick. That was a big time failure of “the cloud” but there have been thousands of similar examples.

The second half of the Ars article talks about personal examples where the author ran into issues with The Cloud. For me, these are just more personal examples of where The Cloud’s weaknesses have really been exposed. But the weaknesses like those mentioned in the article and the disasters we have seen over the years are why I don’t push my customers kicking and screaming into the cloud.

Most cloud evangelists, when you really push them, will admit that you have to look at every customer and every situation differently. Thankfully that is something I already knew long before the cloud buzz. When it makes sense, I use cloud services. When it makes sense, I use onsite. I think we are still a ways away from being able to completely ditch one or the other.

If you have questions about the cloud, feel free to get in touch with me and we can discuss the pros and cons for your business.