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American Banker are wrong to categorise the Wikileaks Amazon matter as a cloud issue

There is an interesting post on the American Banker Bankthink blog that references an article in AB about safety of and access to information stored in the Amazon ‘cloud’.

The reference point is the closure of Wikileaks site by Amazon at the apparent behest of the US government.  The article refers to this as censorship and sees it as a hurdle to cloud adoption.

They have this all wrong and here is why.  The ‘cloud’ is no more than a big server and set of services.  At some levels it is theoretically equivalent to a server in a co-location facility;   it just happens to be a server with built in features, services and capabilities that you do not have to programme yourself or at least it makes it much easier to programme and to add capacity. 

If Wikileaks had been hosted in an ISP co-location facility in Milwaukee the US government can still require that ISP to kick Wikileaks out.

That’s what is being missed here.  This is not a cloud issue.  Your data is probably safer in the cloud because with built in Amazon encryption it is much harder if not impossible for the authorities to access your data, than it would be on your homegrown server in Milwaukee.

Written by Colin Henderson

January 18, 2011 at 21:59

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Totally agree.

    johnphilipgreen

    January 18, 2011 at 22:01


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