The fallout from Megaupload for cloud apps

Cloud services and applications have boomed in the last few years, and now come in many shapes and sizes. Most people can’t get through their day without using Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn or Gmail – cloud based applications that have truly revolutionised our lives and the way we do business.

In some ways, we have all be lulled into a sense of false security by the incredibly reliable and professional operations of these immensely popular services.

The recent Megaupload saga was a slap in the face to shoddy operators of cloud services everywhere, and a wakeup call to every business that has stored important data in a cloud application.

When your business workflows rely on any application, the reliability and availability of that application can quickly become the difference between profit and loss.

 By using custom built cloud applications, the risks caused by service interruptions and data backup can all be minimised with sensible design decisions. There are many options that can be implemented, depending on your situation and budget. At a minimum, you should consider asking your cloud providers for a simple mechanism to allow you to automatically back up, and export your data.

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