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This is a continuation of my previous post ...

6) Privacy – most people don’t think twice when they sign up for things.  Most people ‘love’ their free Gmail account, but how many of them actually read the fine print?  From Google’s own site…

“By offering Gmail users relevant ads and information related to the content of their messages, we aim to offer users a better webmail experience.”

Google (and others like MSN, Yahoo, and all the others) READS your messages!  Google scans all messages and uses the information for their own profits.  Does anyone actually believe that there is such a thing as a free lunch?

The same can be said about media (photos, video, etc.).  Read the fine print and you might think twice about using these ‘free services’.

 

7) Ownership of your own data – have you ever read YouTube’s “terms & conditions”?  If, you haven’t, you might be surprised …

 

“…by submitting the User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successor’s) business… in any media formats and through any media channels.”

 

While I like YouTube and have used it many times (great for videos of how to I do/fix <whatever>).  I would never upload anything to sites like that.  I also won’t allow my children to post anything there.  I am waiting for ‘Star Wars Kid’ to be made into a movie of the week.

 

8) Better control, more features, more flexibility – if you OWN it (ie local solution), then YOU control it.  True, this is more work, but you gain do much more flexibility and you don’t have to depend on others.  If a client needs additional storage, I can pop in a terabyte drive for about $75.  If they need an advanced feature, I configure it.  I don’t see anything wrong with today’s ‘in-house’ solutions.

 

9) If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it – Have you ever wondered why do many people still use and like XP?  Simple reason … it works!  Just because something new arrives on the market, that does not automatically make it better.  Aside from Apple and Intel hardware, does newer really mean better?  If you really believe Microsoft, and believe that “Vista is so much better than XP” hype, then I have a few copies of Window ME that you might be interested in J

Can you say, “Microsoft Bob version 2.0”?

 

10) Private Clouds are better – there are perfectly good solutions that exist today.  These already allow you to “to access all your information from anywhere and on any device”.  I call these types of solutions ‘private clouds’.  With the current version of SBS 2008, small businesses already have everything the Cloud promises.  They already own Exchange and can remotely access their corporate email, company desktop, and company Intranet site from their iPhones, netbook, or even through their internet enabled TV.  Will the cloud really offer me anything better?

 

Summary

Check out the dictionary definition of “cloud”.  Use Google and type in “define:cloud” and you will find…

-          overcast: make overcast or cloudy

-          obscure: make less visible or unclear

-          make gloomy or depressed

-          defile: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

-          out of touch with reality; "his head was in the clouds"

-          make less clear; "the stroke clouded memories of her youth"

-          a cause of worry or gloom or trouble; "the only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of dissent by the French"

-          suspicion affecting your reputation; "after that mistake he was under a cloud"


Be careful about jumping on the Cloud bandwagon.  Think carefully about all its implications and consider all the alternatives.

If you insist on being on the ‘b’leading edge, then maybe I can interest you in my company’s new product.  It is not for sale, but I will gladly lease it to you for a reasonable amount.  It will mesh seamlessly with the Cloud.  We are calling it ‘Rainbow.Net’

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