On 17/11/2010 22:24, jonathon wrote:
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On 11/17/2010 06:54 PM, Harold Fuchs wrote:
What guarantees do cloud service operators give about the security of
any document I may store on its server?
Personal cloud servers: The cloud that _you_ run in your home, office,
What guarantees do cloud service operators give about the backing-up and
subsequent recovery of any document I may store on its server?
Any individual or organization that thinks that a non-personal cloud
offers viable long term storage of anything is delusional.
Tell that to Google.
A large part of the point of a portable app is that I can put the whole
kit and caboodle on an encrypted device if I want.
The point of the web application is to _supplement_ existing apps, not
It will be a minor supplement for trivial uses. I might generate my
Christmas cards using a web app but I wouldn't trust one with my CV.
Christmas cards perhaps, Christmas card list, no. Many of the people I
know wouldn't want me putting their names and addresses, or the names of
their kids, on the web.
corporations, have really analysed the implications of web apps and
Corporations have been using cloud apps for decades. The only thing that
is new about them is a sexier name.
Yes. I worked for 27 years for a company offering cloud services. We had
to give all sorts of guarantees, including having bonded employees in
the server centres. It was a huge problem. Since then privacy laws
relating to exporting data outside national boundaries have been
introduced that would have killed the business had they been in force at
the time. Also, I doubt it could be made profitable at the sort of price
being touted nowadays, and if those prices were increased to profitable
levels, people would refuse to pay.
One of the major pushes towards cloud computing is the idea of the thin
client - a user's device that really has no operating system and is
actually incapable of running local applications; it can only run a web
server. This concept completely negates the idea of a local cloud.
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