Psst . .. come park your mission critical data in the Cloud

I can see the advantages of Cloud computing for application system version maintenance. 

Software development companies that charge high prices for ‘upgrades’ need to be able to service multiple old versions of their software. They need test data, frozen operating systems and frozen database management systems.  Go ahead and put all of this in the Cloud if the numbers work out.

In respect of mission critical data, can you really justify Cloud when you factor risk into your ROI?

My group had an unpleasant experience the other day – we were contemplating putting up a mission-critical application on Cloud and picked a mainline market player for the hosting.

A couple of days into testing, we found we could no longer connect and were astounded after a couple of hours on the phone to be told that our problem “would be attended to within 48 hours”.  When you work in an environment where a 5-minute outage is a long time that was enough for us to decide against hosting with that vendor.

Cloud is one of these areas where the more successful you are the more you find yourself on a treadmill.

I read a couple of days ago that large Cloud providers, including a well-known Cloud computing service provider, may be having problems upscaling.

See “Rackspace spends big bucks to peddle its cloud vision” at

One thing to remember is many aspects of “Cloud” are not new.  Remember “timesharing” back in the 1970s? The writing may be on the wall.


Management consultant and process control engineer (MSc EE) with a focus on bridging the gap between operations and strategy in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, connect-the-dots law enforcement investigations, healthcare services delivery, job shop manufacturing and b2b/b2c/b2d transactions. (C) 2010-2018 Karl Walter Keirstead, P. Eng. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and are not connected with Jay-Kell Technologies Inc, Civerex Systems Inc. (Canada), Civerex Systems Inc. (USA) or CvX Productions.
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