| By Woody Leonhard |
If this were a Jeopardy clue, the answer would be: What is cloud computing? No matter how you define it, this much-ballyhooed technology/service still has many problems — several of which were painfully in evidence this week.
If you’re considering moving some or all of your operations to the Cloud, be acutely aware of the ongoing, manifest difficulties.
Ever since my April 28 Top Story on Office 365, friends have been writing to me with predictable admonitions, frequently phrased along these lines: “Come on, Woody, do you really think my company should move everything to the Cloud?”
Well, I’m not moving all of my stuff to the Cloud anytime soon, which should be answer enough. The technology’s enticing, and doing the math makes me think that some organizations could save money moving some of their operation to the Cloud. But in general … nah, the Cloud just isn’t ready yet.
And several recent high-profile problems amply reinforce that observation.
Massive outages continue to plague even the best
We’ve seen extended and embarrassing online outages from companies that have enormous resources. If the Sonys and the Microsofts and the Amazons of the world can’t keep their own proprietary, high-profit systems going, how can you expect them to keep your little operation alive? Or your big operation, for that matter?
A prominent case in point: The programmers at Sony are so good that, six years ago, they created what could be described as the first mass-distribution rootkit (as detailed in a 2005 Windows Secrets story). But their PlayStation Network and Sony-owned Qriocity network went down this past April 20 and, almost three weeks later, they’re still not fully back up and running. A May 5 Sony PlayStation blog hinted it was coming back on stream, but a follow-up blog one day later was considerably more vague about when the system would relaunch. Up? Down? Who knows? For a timeline of this incident, check out the PC World report, “PlayStation network hack timeline.”