Earlier this month (May 10) Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite went down for a few days -it’s a precursor to the new Office365 – Microsoft’s suite of online services. Amazon.com also went down recently. These are just the recent outages in the “cloud computing world”.
Channel Insider writes:
The stories [of user frustration] include tales of one IT pro who pushed his organization to move from on-premise Microsoft Exchange to the cloud, telling everyone it would be better, but ultimately admitting that he regrets ever making the move. There’s talk of downtime and lost emails and not a lot of communication from Microsoft about what the problem was and how it was being addressed.
Are you worried? Are you scared? In some ways, I am. I’ve been using Google’s Chromebook which is ONLY a web browser and if it’s not connected to the Internet, it’s even more useless than a traditional computer. I’m moving more and more of my work to a cloud based computing environment only.
My hope, with fingers crossed, is that these outages will become less and less and that similar to our water supply, electricity and phone service – it works most all the time.
Right now cloud services might be in the “developing country” stage so we might get a few more outages – but hopefully with each month, things get even more stable than they already are.