If you have ever had a debate about whether your organisation should use cloud computing then a discussion of the risks of cloud computing will have been a significant part of it. In doing so, we often fall into a simple logical trap.
This rather amusing article in Slate appeared in my LinkedIn feed – Google Reader Joins the Graveyard of Dead Google Products. The article invites you to leave a flower on the grave of your favourite dead Google product. The startling thing is how many there are: 39 by their count! The lesson that I draw from this is not that Google kill off a lot of products, it is that with cloud computing we must account for the risks around continuity of supply, and specifically that continuity of supply risks are not solely due to companies failing.
I bet that in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Christchurch many organisations are reviewing their Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) situations.
My experience is that most organisations – especially private enterprises – do not give disaster recovery and business continuity enough attention. What underlies this lack of attention are a number of attitudes towards disaster recovery and business continuity planning which hopefully will be challenged by our experiences of the Christchurch earthquake.