Hugene - 9:21 pm on Dec 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
The cloud has had me scratching my head for some time now.
Of one, all my web-business related stuff is already online: web servers hosting my sites/source code files, MySQL DB's holding the data for the sites, webmails & gmail holding all my emails (work documents). All these elements have little value when taken on their own and outside if the webserver itself.
Electronic personal data, a lot of it is an webmail stored as emails.
Backups, I do have and make regularly, but it is a hassle, and I start to trust the current web-locations of my stuff more and more. Psychical locations burn, hard-disks fail, CD's lose data.
So is all my stuff in the cloud already? I think that most webmasters the answer is yes. Maybe not Amazon's or Google's, but is definitely not on our machines. For testing, I don't even run apache and the rest on my machine, I upload and test directly on a server.
Yet, I am feeling very uneasy about the fact that I might loose control of my data, especially of my personal one in gmail. Because of that I still maintain backups, digital copies and physical copies of important docs.
I think the cloud is unavoidable, but I think it needs to be legislated better: the same protection you have at home should be received on the web too.