It was always foolish to trust the only copy of a file to a server that 
you do control.

Just because they've put lipstick on the pig and called it "The Cloud" 
doesn't mean you can assume it's any different from a server that you 
don't control. At some point "The Cloud" has to resolve to a piece of 
hardware. We're not shoving data into those puffy white things that 
float by, sometimes dropping rain or snow on us.

At it's best, "The Cloud" implies a fault-tolerant distributed system 
which can withstand multiple failures and is geographically diverse. I 
wonder how many "Cloud" applications are really that well engineered and 

I did not feel comfortable after a tornado devastated downtown Goderich, 
Ontario last summer, so in addition to my two RAID 5 NAS units (one in 
each of two adjacent houses) for each piece of data, I added a steel 
ammo case full of notebook USB drives that get updated about every six 
months from the NAS units. These are kept across town (along a 
north-south axis as most tornadoes follow an east-west axis).

The remote RAID 5 NAS unit is updated overnight from the local one over 
a fibre optic 100 Mb/s link (I'm too cheap to upgrade the media 
converters to gigabit), without propagating deletes, and some updates 
are not propagated (the theory being it's better to lose the edits than 
the original file).

While I feel the pain of the people who lost data, and I'm sorry they 
lost data, I do not feel they were being responsible. I do know some 
people who rely on "cloud" backup, but if they were informed that their 
cloud backup was at risk, I'm certain (or at least I hope) they would 
migrate to local backup until they found another cloud. Personally, I am 
reasonably comfortable with three copies in three separate locations.

Oh, and the steel ammo can might just protect those little notebook 
drives in USB cases from EMP should that scenario ever happen. Now, what 
would be left to read the drives???



On 2012-01-31 9:58 AM, Don Cox wrote:
> It was always foolish to trust the only copy of a file to a server that
> you don't control.
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