Is Rain Forecasted for Microsoft's Cloud Computing Future? - Page 2
I spoke to a couple of system engineers whose companies are testing Microsoft BPOS and Office 365 for integration into their company, both of them have concerns about disaster recovery of critical company information, and backups of data that could potential be taken down in an incident like what happened with Microsoft BPOS and Amazon. “Using this service takes away any failsafe devices or methods we would use to preserve corporate data.” All of this was made much worse because Microsoft failed to notify customers right away there was a problem, this made alternate service provisions or workarounds useless and more data lost as the problem persisted.
What is the silver lining here? There are some pretty amazing benefits of cloud computing and services, but the critical issue is being prepared for downtime with backup and alternative provisions. With their headquarters in Seattle dealing with rain showers and thunderstorms such as these will mature BPOS as well as other cloud service providers and as we go forward and these incidents are publicized they will be growth opportunities for an emerging technology.