What happens if your 'cloud' fails?

Cloud computing offers a wide range of benefits, but it also promises significant downsides. Like flexibility and freedom.

For all the benefits of "the cloud," there are two primary problems:

  1. Lock-in to the platform . Where are you going to go with your application once you've written it for a particular cloud platform? Some promise portability, but it's still a question worth asking.
  2. You're at the mercy of someone else for uptime.

This second item has always seemed like less of an issue given that the companies involved (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.) are all fantastic at operations. Surely they can do better than you or I could?

With Google's AppEngine going down yesterday, the answer may no longer be as clear....

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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