Cloud Computing Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

cloud_jailThis headline caught my eye today: “How cloud computing could land IT in court.” While I’m sure that many paranoid IT managers and vendors competing against cloud-based solutions got excited by the aggressive title of the article, it’s actually simply a series of questions to consider:

  1. How does the cloud affect your e-discovery responsibilities? ( I’m not familiar with “e-discovery responsibilities” but did find this article on the topic interesting.)
  2. Will using a cloud service violate privacy laws? (Nothing new here. Do your homework when it comes to the security and privacy policy of your vendors. Most of these vendors actually have much more rigorous testing, certification and SLAs than on-premise data centers.)
  3. What happens if the vendor goes out of business? (This is usually baked into your contract, or at least should be. This article outlines how one SaaS company SaaS managed this process recently.)

All fair questions I suppose. Ironically (not really), they all seem to point to the need for cloud-to-on-premise data replication and synchronization.

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