What’s the risk of becoming too cloud-dependent? – TechHQ

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Cloud computing has championed our shift to remote working, but we have never placed so much faith in such a small number of tech companies.

14 September 2020

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Cloud computing has propped up the world of white-collar work amid the pandemic
But we are entrusting our businesses and data to just a handful of public cloud providers, and that carries a risk

Cloud computing technology has championed our remote working shift. 
There’s no doubt the last half-year would have been immeasurably more challenging without these anywhere-anytime-access solutions. For many workers, the closure of offices simply meant picking up their coat. 
With so much now riding on a handful of cloud service providers, however, should we be cautious about just how much faith we place in them as the backbone of our business operations, and the vaults of sensitive business data?
A spate of recent outages and IT failures have highlighted the risk of being dependent on a small number of cloud technology providers. Gmail and Google Drive suffered an outage at the end of last month, while separately, photographers lost data when Adobe Lightroom updates deleted users’ photos and Canon’s Camera Cloud Platform ‘lost’ …

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