Centralized cloud is scary

Posted: 15.7.2011 in Ei kategoriaa
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Centralized cloud and other web services is major risk for private users, but also for business users. There are plenty of problems. I have experience with Google AdSense. I used to have it at one site for a short time. But it was terminated because I have “violated the contract”. That’s great. I requested information how I had done that and how to fix the problem. I didn’t have any intentional violations. I read thru the contract multiple times. Did they help me or tell the reason? No. I just got same automated (or premade) message, which told that I had violated some rules and it’s secret what I had done wrong.

Things could have been worse. Now I’m banned from AdSense forever, so I cannot get any income from Google ads. I cannot use AdSense in any of my services so good bye most ad income. How could it have been worse? They could have banned me from all of their services. That would be catastrophic for my private life. I have Google+ account, I have Gmail, I’m using iGoogle, I use all kind of fancy services they have. If I violate the term of services at Google+, I might lose all of those as reported at Business Insider. This limits my freedom of speech. This is putting razor blade on my throat. I have to be careful what I do or I might lose major part of my private and professional life.

Centralized services are good from usability point of view. But they are risk for many other parts. Everything gets worse as soon as someone owns majority of services. Microsoft couldn’t play as dirty game with Windows and other software as Google can play with the services they provide. Google can block me from many services with one click and they don’t have to justify their actions. They could just say “violated the term of services”. I don’t have money go to battle against them at court.

I have to be nice when at Google+. I’ll try to avoid being evil tester there. I just want to keep all my services and accounts up and running. Spirit is strong, but flesh is weak, but now I have to kill my flesh.

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Comments
  1. Richard May says:

    Google is not the be all, the one of the best things about the cloud is there are a forever growing list of competitors, especially for services like email, moving is easy.

    • Teemu Vesala says:

      That’s true. Luckily. But if you’ve done something for Google services only, then the moving cost might be too big. I – luckily – don’t use gmail address at most of the services. I rather share addresses with my own or empoyer’s domain.

      The risks should always be considered when taking the cloud service to use. And centralization is one risk which should be addressed. I suppose it’s not big issue with big companies, but small ones it might. As the tester I’d like to notify customers about possible risks, because if they are known, the plans can be made if the risks are coming true.

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