These days cloud computing is a hot topic and big business. Until very recently I was a skeptic on the subject of storing my files somewhere out there… Some of the many questions that came to mind were: Is it safe? Is this going to cost me a lot of money? Will it start out being free only to have them charge later on? What happens to my files if the company goes out of business?

I’m definitely warming up to cloud computing in these days of hard drive crashes, corrupted disks and flash drives, which don’t last indefinitely, after all the work you put into creating the files. Anyone who has experienced the loss of valuable files will understand what I mean.

Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter has been writing about cloud computing and other interesting techie stuff of interest to genealogists and family historians for a long time. The security angle is usually the primary concern and, having just read his article Do I Trust the Cloud?, Id like to share it with you. The entry includes a presentation on the subject by D. Joshua Taylor at the annual Roots Tech conference. The presentation is a couple of months old but still current.

Click on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter to read the article and view the video.


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2 Comments on Can you trust Cloud Computing?

  1. Tom Sullivan says:

    It’s a gradual process getting used to the idea of off site storage. As you say it is hot. Small companies would probably benefit as a form of disaster recovery.

  2. Tammy P. says:

    Still can’t get my head around the Cloud computing. Of course privacy and reliability is front and center.

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