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Poll: Have recent outages made you rethink your dependence on the cloud?

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There have been quite a few big outages throughout 2021. In fact, the year started off with a Slack outage, affecting many employees coming back to their first day back after the holidays. But things got really bad when Facebook Meta suffered a major six-hour outage that left many of its services unusable.

The company apologized to its users, many of whom rely on WhatsApp for communication. But then it happened again... and again. It got to the point that Instagram announced that it was rolling out an "outage alert" feature to warn users of service disruptions.

The Wall Street Journal points out that with the recent AWS outage knocking out many services, including the best Alexa speakers, many people have started thinking about how dependent we are on the cloud and smart devices to do basic tasks. So we want to know if this or recent outages have made you rethink your dependence on the cloud and, more specifically, smart home devices.

WSJ notes how consumers felt like they were thrown back into ancient times by having to manually feed their cats, sweep their floors, and even be stuck talking to other human beings because AWS took down Alexa and other services that rely on its cloud servers.

As comical as that sounds, Jitesh Urbani, IDC's research manager of worldwide device trackers, notes that it does bring up the lack of offline support that many devices have and our seeming dependence on the cloud to make things work.

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Comment below on whether or not you think we rely too much on the cloud in our daily lives.

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4 Comments
  • I voted "no more than usual" because I've always been wary of cloud, and the latest issues merely confirmed it for me. I have no issues with using cloud services generally. But I would never rely on them solely for everything. I keep a lot on local backups. For me, cloud stuff is more for convenient sharing. Not for holding everything.
  • I totally agree and couldn't have expressed it better. I've always been wary of cloud based anything.
  • I don't trust the "cloud" for many reasons. I just use for stuff that I don't care if it get lost or not. I still use MS 2010 on my computer because I don't want to be dependent on their "cloud", I save everything on flash drives and what I really want to protect I print out, I've had floppy's and flash drives go kaput as well.
  • Thanks for sharing valuable information ! I have used cloud so far the experience was good !