My post on using the Cloud for storage went live just minutes before my intrepid IT guy Kevin received this email from utility computing provider Flexiscale about the potential large-scale loss of data stored on their Cloud storage service.
The short version: human error in their backup process deleted one of the main storage volumes. Roughly 12 hours later users have read-only access to the storage platform but no read-write. And now, they have to rebuild, but don't have the space.
"After consulting with our storage vendor it was agreed the most sensible option would be to copy the entire volume to a new disk structure (still maintaining it's integrity and structure), from where we could re-mount it correctly. Unfortunately due to it's size we didn't have spare capacity on the platform to create a complete duplicate of it."
Without disparaging Flexiscale, this is what I mean about the BigCos like IBM figuring these "enterprise-class" features out before enterprises move into Cloud consumption.
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