The shuttering of Megaupload.com, the online storage site that became the home a variety of digital content, has demonstrated the importance of backing up content to multiple sources, according to University of Sydney.
The large amount of content uploaded by users to the site, which included music and movies, vanished practically overnight and left many people without access to their content.
While much has been made of the large amount of illegal pirated content on Megaupload, the disappearance of legitimate content together with the web site has highlighted the precarious nature of Cloud computing.
While University of Sydney’s chair of high performance computing and networking, Professor Albert Zomaya, admits that consumers and businesses have become familiar with the Cloud recently, Silicon Valley and large corporations have been using the technology since the 1980s.
“The era of owning your own servers is obsolete for many companies,” he said.
“We should remember that some of the world’s most popular sites, including Facebook, sit on the cloud.”
Zomaya highlights that the shutdown of Megaupload should not be viewed as “an indictment against cloud computing,” and instead should serve as a lesson of the importance of backing up on more than one source.
“The case against Megaupload is not cause for alarm about cloud computing, but should make us rethink our approach to data storage,” he explained.
Some of the good practices Zomaya recommends is to use multiple cloud providers when storing data or investing in a data storage system to be used at home.
“You can get terabytes of storage for next to nothing these days, so a hard drive might better serve those who have only tens of gigabytes of files to store,” he added.