Oct 31, 2011

Is cloud based storage secure when natural disasters strike?

After experiencing a hurricane and earthquake on the east coast earlier this year, and being without power for most of the past two days due to the recent snowstorm, I am concerned about how reliable cloud based storage systems really are? Can I really feel secure that my data is safe over the long term while stored “in the cloud”?

I think Riffin has it right. Don't rely on just a cloud based storage system. Or at least just one of them. Have multiple options in the cloud, as well as local backups. Chances are that you will be fine if you have multiple copies of important data in different places.

Unless a giant asteroid comes out of the void and destroys the entire planet. At that point I think you're screwed no matter what you do! ;)

Wow, you have had your fair share of bad luck in your dealings with Mother Nature recently!  I can understand your concern, but think you can probably rest easy. Networks are redundant, paths between endpoints are redundant, name servers are redundant, message transfer is through packets and a lost packet can be retransmitted and travel different paths.  Amazon Web Services has multiple data centers, for example, and if you want to pay for it, Amazon can perform failover from one geographical location to another so that you can sleep more soundly at night.  To sleeps soundly and have sweet dreams, you might want to consider the 3-2-1 Rule that Peter Krogh came up with:  3. Retain THREE copies of any file - an original and two backups.  2. Files must be on TWO different media types to protect against different types of hazzards.  1.  ONE copy must be stored off-site.

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