Dear Reader,

With the paradigm sift in business hurtling towards cloud computing, many of us veterans who know how unreliable computers are and how extra-unreliable the internet is question the relative wisdom of trusting the heart of a business to the cloud.  Recently, Amazon suffered a business outage.   The lights went out.   Is this worse than a company suffering a loss of stock from a truck driver’s strike?   Or a brown-out during the summer when the electrical system is overtaxed?

I think that we can take a lesson from the younger generation who find technology a normal part of life.   The loss of privacy on the internet is something they manage.   Perhaps some of the issues with moving business to the cloud is worth the overall gain.

After all.   The electric company never gave up when power outages happened.