Trust the cloud

I saw a post on lifehacker about it, and it sparked some synapses.

(knocking on wood) I’ve been lucky, my gmail accoutn has never been deleted or locked out, my MobileMe data has never been erased, etc. My biggest headache is the occassional Time Machine DMG corrpupting and having to start over again. Painful, but not end of the world.

But this recent Gmail outage, reinforced a long time fear I’ve had. The cloud isn’t fool proof, and “do no evil” can stop being a mantra at any minute. Who knows if the Gmail outage was a true FUBAR, or jsut a gSlap to show us all how much we rely on Gmail. A gSlap heard ‘roudn the world as it were.

I can’t argue that the convenience is not incredible. my two laptops, my iPhone and my iNewton, all sync across mobileMe, google docs is available offline, thanks to their google gears app, so on or offline, I’ve got that. It’s all just there, all the time.

But what happens when the cloud fails for longer than an hour? or Google, god forbid, goes Huggy Bear on us all and holds our data (lives and business) hostage? 360Conferences is 100% online, 100% in the cloud. I sync locally, so I’d have data current as of the last time iDisk didn’t fail to sync, but what then? Tom and I can’t collaborate on docs? Jeff and I can’t work on interview questions for the next episode of The Flex Show.

I’m mainly just thinking out loud since I have no proposed solution. I could set up a server room (again) though this townhome doesn’t lend itself to that, and run my own email. but what about things like gDocs? buzzword? MobileMe? For better or worse, I suspect there’s no turning back from the cloud.

What do you think?

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