I am a regular user of Skydrive, Google’s drive and Evernote – for storing information. Also use both boxcryptor for the on the fly encryption of certain classes of data,
This recent piece in the Huffpost, serves to remind me why In god we may trust but not in one cloud provider. Not sure the article is fair to the cloud provider (in particular or in general) in that availability is very high and that when outages occur there is a great deal of focus of substantial resources on fixing a problem impacting millions of users.
I thought the point about potentially innocently breaking a cloud provider rule and then being locked out of one’s data indefinitely pending resolution of the infringement was more worrying. And who’s to day tow or three vendors might decide to keep you out of all their cloud environments because you represented a perceived threat? Rcetnly have seen at least one business almost go to the wall because Google blacklisted them because of what they thought were legitimate SEO activities. And it proved very difficult to demonstrate to Google’s satisfaction that they had addressed the issues.
Looking from the outside very easy to see why ckound providers needs rules, guidance, vigilance – in order to maintain systems integrity, support high availability. But users need also to have a contingency plan – which must include some alternatives and backup date locally or with other, potentially non aligned, cloud providers.