Google launched their Google Apps campaign called Gone Google with so much fanfare. Now there seems to be some backlash against their offering. There were some rumors that Yale is delaying the switch to Google Apps due to security concerns and a Techcrunch post about concerns raised by City of Los Angeles bureaucrats about Google Apps deployment. Today Information Week has an exclusive article about University of California-Davis decision to end Google Pilot citing privacy and security fears.
Many faculty “expressed concerns that our campus’s commitment to protecting the privacy of their communications is not demonstrated by Google and that the appropriate safeguards are neither in place at this time nor planned for in the near future,” the letter said

Along with concerns about storing their data on third party providers, UC-Davis officials also pointed to University of California Electronic Communications Policy.

This is interesting from two fronts. One is about Google’s effectiveness in luring customers to their online Office Suite offerings and the second is about the very idea of convincing users to put their data on third party servers. This clearly highlights the work cut out for us, the cloud computing evangelists and the vendors. On one side, it is important for the vendors to go all out to ensure the highest security levels possible in their offerings and, on the other side, evangelists like us should take it upon ourselves to convince people about cloud based services. We need to do a better job of educating users about how it is not all that bad in the cloud world and some regulations may even need a overhaul to keep up with the advances in technology.
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Krishnan Subramanian

Krish dons several avatars including entrepreneur in exile, analyst cum researcher, technology evangelist, blogger, ex-physicist, social/political commentator, etc.. My main focus is research and analysis on various high impact topics in the fields of Open Source, Cloud Computing and the interface between them. I also evangelize Open Source and Cloud Computing in various media outlets, blogs and other public forums. I offer strategic advise to both Cloud Computing and Open Source providers and, also, help other companies take advantage of Open Source and Cloud Computing. In my opinion, Open Source commoditized software and Cloud Computing commoditized computing resources. A combination of these two developments offers a strong competitive advantage to companies of all sizes and shapes. Due to various factors, including fear, the adoption of both Open Source and Cloud Computing are relatively slow in the business sector. So, I take it upon myself to clear any confusion in this regard and educate, enrich and advise users/customers to take advantage of the benefits offered by these technologies. I am also a managing partner in two consulting companies based in India. I blog about Open Source topics at http://open.krishworld.com and Cloud Computing related topics at http://www.cloudave.com.

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