I hope I'm not the only person that was a little sceptical about "The Cloud" when it arrived. I'll confess that the thought of all my data being out of my control, possibly open to attack, made my hair stand up on the back of my neck.
I won't say that I'm stuck in the 80's or 90's, but I guess I like to ensure that technology is going to work as it says it will before I jump in with both feet. Is that a lack of faith in the tech? Maybe it's just I'm getting tired of spending late nights trying to repair the damage caused by the early leaping.
As an example, we've been using a Dropbox account to synchronise data between two offices. Two servers have their own accounts and share a folder so that work we create on one server is available moments later on the other. It's not instant, but it's quick enough for the purpose of the documents we're creating, and gives us the confidence we needed to rest our hopes on the backup element too.
Interestingly, we had an email from Dropbox to say that our account had been upgraded free from 50GB storage, to 1TB. This made me sit up. Currently, we make backups of our server onto 1TB USB drives which are on rotation. Now, with a little folder re-organisation, we can throw all the slow and static data into the Dropbox folder, which gets synchronised within moments.
Suddenly the need for the backup drives is dying. The worry that the drives will fail, the concern that the backup software didn't do the job, the risk of a fire, the worry of the drives being stolen off site....
Is my view being clouded? Maybe. Maybe in this case, that's a good thing after all.