Call me old fashioned, but when someone says they’re gonna host all of my email somewhere else and Im just supposed to trust them and not keep a copy here where I can protect it, I think I’ll pass.
Doesn’t matter to me if it’s Google, Apple’s MobileMe, Amazon S3 or whoever. All of them have had email downtimes or lost data.
As have I. At least if I lose it under those circumstances, it’s my fault and I have control over the backup processes.
Are you trusting your critical business email to (immobile) MobileMe?
Think hard about what happens to your business if you lose access to MobileMe, Gmail or Amazon S3 data for an hour.
- A day.
- A week.
- A month.
- Permanently (as occurred last week for some MobileMe users).
Does your stomach hurt yet? It should.
And if you’re using MobileMe or any of these services without a local backup of your critical business data, it’s no one’s fault but your own when you have to shut the doors.
Outlook (or your email program of choice) may be annoying as crud compared to that cool web interface, but I control how many backups I have and where they are, and I can get to them ASAP without having to drive to Cupertino (or wherever) to beg for a restore disk cuz I once golfed with Kevin Bacon and he knows someone who is only 7 levels of separation from Steve Jobs.
Heck, I could probably find Kevin on LinkedIn 🙂
Seriously though, where is your critical path data?
Think about what happens to your data, and thus, your business, if the internet goes down for a few days – or at least, your access to the net.
Think about what happens to your data, and thus, your business, if you can’t access invoices, contact info, and so on.
Think about covering your backside a little better.
And make sure you have a few candles in the closet.