Cloud computing is popular for a reason.
With the advent of mobile computing, the thought of not having to invest in storage devices, servers, and the ability to access files from a “cloud” versus spending the day looking for that smaller-than-your-pinky usb drive that you know you had in your pocket are a few of the most popular ones cited.
But relying on cloud computing can be likened to making a deal with the devil, especially if you depend on the cloud to hold your most valued possessions – your work docs, those precious pics of the grandkids.
Why? Because clouds usually mean rain somewhere in the forecast and sometimes more disastrous storms.
This is especially true for small businesses who seem to rely on cloud services most for secure storage of their important data.
Over the past two years, several major cloud service providers have experienced failures of their systems from a few hours to a few days.
Most recently, Hurricane Sandy caused major on-line system failures that are still experiencing sporadic issues.
With mobile computing devices and apps and cloud services there seems to be a much bigger issue looming....
There will be no need for desks anymore; so where are workers supposed to put their coffee.