Hold it! Don’t back up to a cloud until you’ve eyed up these figures

Online data vaults are everywhere. On the small storage side, we have options such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Teamdrive. My Synology NAS, the upcoming 2012 Microsoft Server Suite and any number of virtual appliances can all back up bulk data to the cloud. The software side of things may be settled, but is this all truly feasible?

Remember how we all had a laugh at US Senator Ted Stevens when he said the internet is a “series of tubes”? Well, the internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.

And if you don’t understand, consider that those tubes can be filled and if they are filled when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by the enormous amount of material clogging that tube.

Spend enough time working out the details of cloud storage, and you’ll start to be a lot more ambivalent about the ridicule the web rushed to heap upon Stevens, who later died in an aeroplane crash.

Looking at cloud storage, can you realistically push this kind of data over a WAN connection and get other work done at the same time? The answer is “it depends”. (Read More)

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