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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

8 responses to “Can We Take Availability Off Cloud Concerns List?”

  1. Jay Godse

    That’s excellent! I have always found gmail to be more reliable than any in-house corporate email system that I have used. The only time gmail (in Google Apps) has broken is when the DNS MX records were not working. But a good DNS service would solve that I guess.

    Available is one big checkmark to remove from the fear list of cloud computing. But how about data security? I have not seen anybody publicly put out a good story on that. (But I’m sure it’s coming).

  2. Junnie Arreza

    Availability will still be a concern in areas such as healthcare, finance, and credit card. The more we give availability or uptime a long leash and take it off the cloud concern list, the less cloud vendors will take High Availability seriously as a norm for their cloud architecture. Let’s not lower the bar.

  3. Paul

    What you are saying is true only for mobile employees using selected apps. The most vulnerable point of corporate access is “the last mile”, the company’s connection between their building and the internet. For employees in the building using an ERP system, the up time for locally hosted apps can be nearly 100%. For someone writing a letter, creating a spreadsheet, or powerpoint presentation, using Google Docs (or other web hosted app) an interruption in the internet connection means they start twiddling their thumbs.

    For email, I agree – web hosting is the way to go. In this case, the risk of interruption due to a last mile cut is exactly the same. For other issues, the web hosted solution is better.

    Until the internet “always on” condition is, mission critical apps (other than email) are still better off in-house.