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:
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?