What happens to Your Data when the Cloud starts to rain?

“The Cloud” and Cloud Computing in general are the latest hype in IT. However, the news that made the headlines in recent months give cause to worry.

As you put your data into the cloud, how will you regain control over the data again? Who else has access to your data? What happens to your data once the cloud infrastructure fails, and who is responsible (under what terms) to restore data and your access?

Just a couple of news articles on recent outages and privacy failures:

Microsoft Azure (Feb ’12)

Microsoft’s Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

Amazon (June ’12)

Amazon cloud knocked out by violent storms in Virginia

Instagram and Netflix back online after Amazon cloud outage

Bad generator and bugs take out Amazon cloud

RavenHQ & Amazon EC2 Outage

Salesforce (July ’12)

Salesforce goes titsup, causes CRM outages worldwide

Microsoft Azure (July ’12)

Microsoft Azure goes titsup across Western Europe

Twitter (July ’12)

Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!

Twitter titsup: Our failover was actually just FAIL ALL OVER

Giacom (July ’12)

Cloudy emails up in smoke for FIVE days after fire knackers Giacom

Mat Honan (Aug ’12)

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

Yes, I was hacked. Hard.

Scribe’s mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker ‘fast-talked Apple support’

Amazon exploited by hacker in scribe’s epic Apple iCloud pwn

Amazon Boosts Security After Journalist Hack

After Epic Hack, Apple Suspends Over-the-Phone AppleID Password Resets

Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts

iCloud et al (Aug ’12)

Ausfälle bei iCloud, FaceTime, iMessages und iTunes Store

Prime Hosting (Aug ’12)

Hundreds of websites go titsup in Prime Hosting disk meltdown

Wikipedia (Aug ’12)

Wikipedia collapses threatening the very fabric of civilisation


I am not alone with my doubts, and other people see issues as well:

Woz: Cloud computing trend is ‘horrendous’

With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away. I want to feel that I own things […] A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say: the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.

There are alternatives though, such as Owncloud and OpenNebula. So why not give them a try?

Owncloud-Apps für Android und iOS

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