Cloud Farce

Last week, or the one before, Sidekick users lost all their server based cloudy data after some data centre catastrophe (the cleaner unplugged the servers to plug in the hoover I heard ;-) probably).

T’intarwebs lit up with ‘the end of the cloud is nigh etc’. There seemed lots of commentary suggesting that Microsoft/Danger and T-Mobile were all in big trouble with a capital T.

I’m no cloud fanboi but I didn’t join in the assassinations because I didn’t think it was that big a deal – you put yout data in the cloud, of course you are going to lose it – seems obvious to me. But others seem somewhat shocked.

Bearing in mind the apparent miraculous recovery of data reported over the weekend has turned somewhat farcical, what do you think about it? Is it a disaster for cloud computing credibility?

Do you have a sidekick?

I don’t, but if I lost my Blackberry (which I am doing, 1 button/function per drop) I would barely notice. Laptop loss on the other hand would be a major PITA.

What about you?

cheers

Simon

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2 Responses to “Cloud Farce”

  1. Jayson Says:

    I think that the definition of ‘cloud computing’ will change. I’ve just recently signed up for DropBox. With it, and things like Google Gears, Mozilla Weave, and the like, cloud computing could very easily move towards more of a “store the data locally and on server farms at the same time.” That way you get accessibility when you are not connected, but can also access your information from other computers.

    Hopefully they are learning their lessons (and thankfully with someone else’s data and not mine).

  2. Harlan Grove Says:

    There’s very little about this particular case more farcical than Microsoft’s initial assertions of total data loss. Either no one who issues public statements at Microsoft bothered to find out about Danger’s backups, or they knew there were backups but wanted to [mis]manage Sidekick users’ expectations [heroic post hoc efforts].

    I don’t care so much about the public statements. It more of a concern that it took the better part of a week to restore users’ data from backup. That’s pathetic.

    When Google’s systems go out, they’re out for a day. When Microsoft’s go out, they’re out for a week. ‘Nuff said.

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