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        Da Boss
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        Another cloud outage…

        I was leading a debate on the merits of cloud solutions that allow for rapid deployment with low initial cost (usually done incorrectly without thought given to failover, redundancy, and/or backup), versus the merits of the more traditional stand alone and in-house controlled solutions that have higher initial costs but lower lifetime costs while usually offering more internal safety and disaster control.

        Those who had already formed an opinion were not swayed by the other side’s arguments because they had long ago weighed the choices and decided.  But, at least in this group, those still on the fence were almost universally on the side of avoiding the cloud.  Admittedly, these are small businesses, so they don’t have the resources or concerns much larger businesses would have, but keeping control and avoiding forever pricing were key factors.  Most of these users were also still using either Office 2003 or Office 2007/2010 and did not plan on moving to Office 365 with its endless upgrades and never-ending billing.

        I, for one, am not in favor of the cloud.  Inflated pricing aside, the lack of true control over one’s computing environment, the widespread end-user dissatisfaction with latency and their inability to understand the reason behind it, and the lack of any real failover contingency dooms the cloud for most uses.  I certainly don’t buy the greater security argument because the large cloud providers are also the largest and richest of targets so guess where the attacks focus!

        When, not if, a truly widespread cloud outage occurs that knocks out a key service for days, we will see how many people now think their low startup costs and shortsighted thinking was a prudent strategy.  Just like the mass migration from the mainframe to the microcomputer, I expect to see a mass migration from the cloud back to the local decentralized computer.

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        We are down again

        Microsoft Windows Insider MVP, Microsoft Answers Community Moderator, Blogger, Book author

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          AskWoody MVP

          By all accounts, the naming convention could be MS office 362
          subject to change up to the year end.

          Come to think of it, at the start of 2020, it should be MS Office 366

          No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created IT - AE
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        Yep…and it’ll get fixed…until the next time…(must make sure Europe is in bed, though…)

        (Similar post of mine at

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