Dr. Jim Anderson September 14, 2009 8:47 pm

Ed, Points well made. Perhaps no matter how sophisticated all of this cloud computing stuff gets we all need to remember that we'll still need backups. Although Gmail was offline for a few hours, if you had the ability to process your email while not connected then you may have barely noticed - who wouldn't appreciate a couple of hours to get on top of that mountain of email by cutting off the supply? If you've ever eaten at a restaurant that had a power failure just when you were getting ready to pay, you would have discovered that they have a backup plan - those old carbon impression machines for your credit cards. Not glamorous,but they work. Maybe IT needs to have a backup plan for clouds also? . - Dr. Jim Anderson The Accidental Successful CIO Blog "Learn How To Become (Or Stay) A Successful CIO"