[LINK] The cloud vaporises: Will you lose your online files?

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Sat Nov 29 17:32:51 AEDT 2008

On 29/11/2008, at 4:39 PM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:

> Rachel,
> I reckon the price is too high. When people mass towards sub-$500
> computers, they won't pay $200 a month for a storage service;  
> they'll be
> suckers for the "post your stuff here for free!" approach.

Even if the price is much lower (I use a cloud derivative, MobileMe),  
it can still leave much to be desired. Whilst I have my own backup  
regime, the prospect of off-site backups for not much money was  
appealing, and if it came with other services, then all the better.

At $10 month, users are given 20GB of combined email and file storage,  
and 200GB/month data transfer, but whilst I have reasonably unfettered  
ADSL2+, though I'm yet to be able to back up all of my files, despite  
numerous attempts. It might just be that my router doesn't support NAT- 
PMP or UPnP, but I've yet to explore this, and I'm not yet inclined to  
delve more deeply.

I doubt that cloud computing will go away any time soon: marketing  
hype or not, it's still a viable option for some people, and Rachel's  
probably on the money...


> grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
>> On Sat, 29 Nov 2008, Rick Welykochy wrote:
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Not only pictures. What about your spreadsheets, text documents,
>>> presentations, account files? Do you back them up yourself once they
>>> are in the cloud? Is backup easy to do en-masse for all your cloudy
>>> files?
>>> The more I think about "the cloud" the more I see through the  
>>> marketing
>>> hype to just Yet Another Big Thing That Will Die A Horrible Death
>> We all need to own our own clouds.     Then when someone hacks
>> in you can say "hey, you, get off of my cloud!".
>> I am serious about owning your own cloud.
>> Then your desktop, portable
>> and mini communication devices will all be held on your own server,
>> colocated at a selected site, via a package deal that includes
>> ownership of the infrastructure, support and connectivity for about
>> $2000 a year.
>> So I have a sort of business model, but no venture capital.  Who will
>> help me start "mycloud.com" already?!  ;)    If someone already  
>> owns it,
>> we can spend big and buy 'em out.
>> I have done some thought on this.  Probably other people have too.
>> People with more money than me, but I think we may well see this
>> coming in the near future and "personal servers" hosting private
>> and public clouds with full convergence on your very own server
>> hosted in some shipping container somewhere.
>> rachel
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