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The Downsides to Cloud Storage The cloud has changed the way we do business, but it's not all blue skies. Here are six not so great things about cloud storage.

By Mikal E. Belicove

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Q: Should my company really be sending everything skyward?

A: The cloud has changed the way we do business, archiving data and computer tools and making them available anywhere that has access to the web. But it's not perfect, and some benefits come at a steep cost. We asked Alen Peacock to play devil's advocate. He's co-founder of Space Monkey, a Midvale, Utah-based startup focused on making file storage faster and more cost-effective through (you guessed it) the cloud. Here, he points out some potential downsides.

You do not control the cloud. "When things go wrong--and they will--you're not likely to be OK sitting on your hands, waiting for someone else's employees to make things work again," Peacock says. "Consider what happens if you're the 823rd-largest customer of a business-critical cloud service.You're at the end of the line."