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

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Sat Nov 29 22:39:04 AEDT 2008

Kim Holburn wrote:

> Any particular hard disk is going down eventually.

The concern about data permanence in the cloud (O.P.) is not
tied to the failure of a hard drive.

There is a second word in "cloud computing" and it is "computing".
Applications. The Cloud is offering application services where
your data is stored in the cloud in-securely in the format required
by that application.

There are several eventualities to be concerned about trusting your
own data to exist solely in the cloud without your *own* backup ...

1. the storage service provider you are using goes bust;

2. access to your files in a raw backupable format is impossible;

3. the application you are using stores your data in a proprietary
    format that you cannot possibly interpret.

Even if you *can* backup your files from the cloud to yourself,
what can you do with the files if they are in a proprietary format?

Might I add number four:

4. the files stored in the cloud are insecure


Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services

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