Your Life In (On) The Cloud

Just about everything you read in the tech press seems to point to the inevitability of the cloud. All of us will ultimately have our data on the cloud, i.e., remote servers and systems that store and retrieve our data and even applications. For some business users and for attorneys, this opens up concerns about their confidential data, and the potential ease of it slipping into the wrong hands. 

What about you or I, though? Most people have information on their computers at this point that really needs to stay private and confidential. What little privacy is left in this digital world certainly extends to information like tax returns and financial information. It seems to me that something Steve Jobs based the original iTunes store on applies to that personal data or yours and mine. When initially launched, one of the selling points of the iTunes store was ‘you download it, you own it.’ This was opposed to several other systems where you paid a certain amount a month, and had unlimited access to songs, but should you quit paying…poof…they were gone to you.

 It is my contention, and I don’t think I’m close to being a Luddite, that people will ALWAYS want to keep some of their most personal information locally, and not in the cloud. it seems the Jobs iTunes principle applies here…even with the current iteration of iTunes, you can keep songs living on your local drives… why wouldn’t you want that for your most private data? 

 Time will tell if I’m right…

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