StikiPad - When software in the cloud goes sour is an interesting blog posting about what happens when all that information you have been saving into the cloud disappears in a puff of smoke. For example, as part of the Learning 2.0 and Learning 2.1 programmes outlined in this blog, there is a whole lot of content that has been posted into the cloud. What do you do if YOUR online files stored in services such as Box.net or Omnidrive [Thing #32]; or photos posted into Photobucket [Thing #27] or Flickr [Thing #5]; or calendar events posted into Plaxo or RememberTheMilk [Thing #31] disappear? I am not suggesting that any of these services are going to fold any time soon, BUT what happens if they do a Stikipad and go off line for a couple of weeks? If you work for a library service that is relying on more and more information in the cloud, have you (can you) back up your information? Be honest, when was the last time you backed up your Del.icio.us tags [Thing #13]?
See also the ZDnet Asia article Can you trust your business to Google's cloud? Monday, July 14, 2008 10:49 AM
Abstract: A large number of Google Docs users could not use their online word processor or presentations for about an hour Tuesday. But the glitch illustrates not just the troubles with cloud computing, but also the gradual progress in making the concept palatable. Cloud computing, in which software runs not on PCs or company servers but instead on computers on the Internet, requires something of a leap of faith both technologically and culturally. Those making the move must get accustomed to a reliance on somebody else's computing infrastructure, and that can be scary.