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Last week the world saw that Amazon Web Services EC2 went down, wrecking havoc with many so called Cloud based startups. Later in the week I fell victim to the JungleDisk DNS outage, and while Rackspace which manages JungleDisk, even though my data sits on Amazon,was able to maintain data integrity, the DNS problem barred access to my private cloud of files.
That begs the question..."Is it time to backup your back up" or "should cloud service providers be required to deliver real redundency?" If the answer is "hell yes," then this also would need to apply to any "hosted" provider for in reality anything stored off premise is hosted and hosted is being basterdized into the cloud with cloud storage.
As more and more devices like Mac Book Airs, iPads and Android tablets begin to be the tools of choice for the work force, and as access to the cloud based files and services becomes easier and easier via apps, and as acceptence and reliance becomes more plentiful, it would appear that redundency is no longer a "nice to have" but an inalienable need to insure 24/7 access all the time time by any IP connected device.
So what am I doing? I found a second cloud service, called Oxygen Cloud, and now am in the process of "backing up" my JungleDIsk. Is this the best solution? I don't think so, but it's my own way of using two different providers to avoid not having access to my files, and data, all the time.
Now if we could only do that with Exchange or GoogleApps and Mail...well, dream on....dream on...dream on.