The recent data meltdown at RBS and failing web services due to electric storms and adding the 'leap second' are a warning to all UK businesses that store or access digital data says Gary David Smith – the co-founder of Prism Total IT Support.
"The fact that state-of-art cloud data centres at RBS can wipe out transactions from 17 billion bank accounts should serve as a timely, if grim, warning to all UK businesses that are storing all their data in the cloud," said Mr Smith - whose company supplies complete IT support to over 1000 SME's nationwide.
"No system is infallible and businesses should always have a contingency plan, be it local stored data, or several back up systems," he said. Several high-profile websites and cloud services crashed last week because of their inability to cope with adding 'the leap second' and huge electric storms in the US. Adding the extra second to the world clock - to compensate for irregularities in the earth's rotation - caused the Reddit, LinkedIn and Foursquare websites to fail. Massive lightning storms along the eastern seaboard of the US crashed cloud storage data centres – most notably Amazon's cloud computing servers.
"The Cloud should form part of each individual businesses IT suite rather than a 'one-size-fits-all' magical solution," said Mr. Smith. "Prism currently supports over five thousand end users across more than one thousand businesses nationwide, and we can see that businesses are looking for efficiencies that can be gained through using certain aspects of Cloud Computing. We believe that it is vital that they treat Cloud Computing as a complimentary service to their business infrastructure, not a replacement for it."