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Relying on ‘The Cloud’ When The Weather Turns
This post spawned from a conversation on Facebook between Alex and myself. Where we joked about bad weather and relying on cloud services.
As the browser becomes ever more powerful and central to our computing experience and with Internet connectivity virtually available anywhere (in some form or another) it becomes more easy to rely on services and tools hosted in the cloud. But with all of these services out of our control what do we do when they fail and let us down?
The other week I freaked out, as did much of the world, when Google Calendar went down. When everything returned back to normal I was thankful as I hadn’t lost any data but Alex told me he did loose some info from his calendar. You’d expect the might of Google to be rock solid, which is generally true, but even they have their glitches. It does make you think when more and more of what we do on a computer is actually taken away from our computer and carried out remotely.
Another case is X-Marks, the cross-platform, cross-browser bookmarking service. I particularly loved it for it’s tab sync, where I could open up tabs running on other machines. A beautiful example of what these tools can achieve. But when it was announced that the service would be shutting down because it had failed to find a suitable business model I was just as shocked as everyone else. Thankfully X-Marks has now been rescued by LastPass, which is also another example of a stellar Cloud service but the question still remains.. What can we do when these services fail us? and What measures should we have in place as backups and to protect us when they do?
Just a bit of brainfood for you all…