Is Cloud Computing A Trap?

There is an interesting article concerning cloud computing being a trap that should be avoided, since we would get locked into a system which takes away our ability to control. Richard Stallman takes it a step further calling cloud computing hype and just plain stupid. In the article he also mentions that:

But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time.

“It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign,” he told The Guardian.

“Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.”

Mr. Stallman brings up some very valid points. Keeping information on your computer vs in the cloud is basically the way it has been done for ever. But it also doesn’t confront how the Internet has changed the way we use computers. Storing information on the Internet could in fact make it easier to access information when one is away from their system.

What do you think? Do you support cloud computing or are you sticking with the traditional way of doing things?


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  1. Gary says:

    Once any information is “in the cloud”, it is no longer yours. It is at the whim and fancy of whomever owns the server(s) it resides on. And they can change their terms and conditions and what are you going to do about it. Walmart’s DRM server is a case in point. And how may have lost info when a server crashed and the server owner didn’t have adequate backups. I don’t see business letting propietary info to be put in the cloud, no matter how much assurances are given.

  2. Jeff says:

    There is also the inevitable issue of a network going down or losing your internet connection to consider as a detriment to cloud computing. DSL and cable connections do go down. Either for maintenance or other unforeseen conditions. What are people supposed to do then since they can’t access their data?

    Cloud computing sounds nice on paper but it isn’t as feasible as you would be led to believe. Another factor to consider is the availability of broadband and then it starts to become clear that it isn’t the ideal way of doing things. There are also the factor’s that Gary, above, just mentioned.

  3. Ron Schenone says:

    Good points. Thank you both for sharing your thoughts with us.

  4. Geoff says:

    Perhaps there needs to be a way for those who have a need/wish to use cloud computing to have some form of back up within their own organisation? Just like a hospital would have emergency electricity generators in case the main electrical supply goes down.

  5. Justin says:

    The fact is Microsoft, VMWare, and many other large companies are starting to market cloud computing and managed services towards the Small Business area. This will in fact drive out the Managed Services companies that provide sevices to these companies.
    This is a large blow to Managed Service industry. It will force more and more companies to close their doors.
    Bad move!!!

  6. Ron Schenone says:

    Hello Geoff,
    I agree with the backing up. I believe Google apps allows this.

    Heh Justin,
    Good points.

  7. Dan Bromberg says:

    I just lost the url’s I was storing at SHURL.ORG since they’re apparently nowhere to be found anymore. This cloud rained on my parade :-(

  8. george says:

    I, too, believe cloud computing is a t(c)rap.

    Share my data with a company? Why?

    Believe that a company who might gain reading them that they are not reading them? Let’s be serious, if I want my data with me everywhere I can buy a usb stick, encrypt it and have a copy of my data with me.

    And even if the saints from paradise created these companies, and the staff are angels that never, ever are going to read my data, how can I trust another person’s computer that it has no trojans, keyloggers etc? And his wifi? Is it secure?

    For anyone who doesn’t care that his life might become an open book for anyone else to read (friends, enemies, curious neighbours, companies, government etc), go ahead, use it.

  9. Ron Schenone says:

    Thanks for the comments.

    George – I tend to agree with your assumptions.

    Dan – sorry to hear about your plight. :-(

  10. eastwood says:

    you are definately not seeing what im seeing in the market.
    Most companies that arent IT companies want to get out of the IT business. They dont like having to upgrade as400 servers, and other ‘human’ and infra costs. These costs and assets turn into “buildings” of people. It’s happening everywhere. Every medium size company I go to (under 1billion in revenue). With Sas70 compliance and other measures, companies are certainly doing their ‘due dilagence’ before the make a contract.