Roughly 150,000 Gmail users were left without access to their contacts and email and chat archives yesterday, Computerworld reports. Welcome to the world of cloud computing, investors. Run apps in the cloud, and you run the risk of losing data. Outages are part of life on the Web.
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And that creates an opportunity for disruption. Knowing outages are unacceptable, corporations have long employed both local and remote data back-up options. What about a system for consumers that backs up data that exists in the cloud to a locally controlled hard disk or server?
Think of it as Dropbox or Box.net, only in reverse. I'd designate the local hard drive I'd want Google Apps or Meebo or QuickBooks Online or whatever to back up to and then synchronize automatically. Everything of mine in the cloud would simply save to a disk.
You can bet cloud-computing apps providers such as NetSuite
If I know tech and developers -- and I've known more than my share -- a solution for this is either under development or already exists. Either way, some form of synchronization strikes me as an important link in the multibillion-dollar cloud computing value chain.
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