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Cloud Longevity Lacking

Redmond magazine columnist Don Jones has a knack for cutting to the chase. He recently turned his attention to the cloud, where he sees some important lessons from a few of Google's recent moves. It seems that Google launches, beta tests and hypes cloud services that it ultimately kills.

One service I'm glad died is Google Health, where Google stores our medical records. I wouldn't trust Google with my dental records. Google claimed it was all safe, but this is the same company that drives down private roads, photographs our homes and sniffs our Wi-Fi.

And many of Google's products are forever in beta. The issue is, should you trust a product that may be killed or never it make out of beta? How does one make long-term business decisions about cloud services? As Jones asks, "Whom can you trust?"

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/06/2011 at 12:47 PM


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