iCloud - Is it going to hurt access providers?

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Sat Sep 3 14:38:08 UTC 2011

On Sat, 03 Sep 2011 11:20:13 -0000, Skeeve Stevens said:

> My guess is that 99% of consumer internet access is Asymmetrical (DSL, Cable,
> wireless, etc) and iCloud when launched will 'upload' obscene amounts of
> gigs of music, tv, backups, email, photos, documents/data and so on to their
> idata centres.

This is probably not goind to be any harder on your network that BitTorrent
and friends.

> From what I can see there are some key issues:

You missed the *really* key issue.

The more people store data in the cloud, the more irate people are going to be
calling your help desk if you have an outage.  We've already seen a few news
stories where a cloud service has whoopsied and lost data.

(And yes, I know that technically, the fact that Joe Sixpack made a poor choice
of backup/storage strategies doesn't impose added duties on you.  But your help
desk is going to have a hard time explaining that to a pissed-off Joe)

Am I the only one who thinks iCloud style services plus a Cogent peering
dispute is a likely "perfect storm" scenario? ;)
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