Popular social networking site Facebook.com admitted on a blog post today that over the weekend, a hard drive failure led to the temporary loss of 10% to 15% of its users stored photographs.
...Facebook said its users' photos are safe because it stores multiple copies of the data for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes, and it is working to make the photos affected by the system failure available again as soon as possible.
These technologies are tempting indeed. Two recent failures by the world's leading online software developers, however, make it plain that vulnerabilities remain that pose intolerable risk to sensitive data.
The future of these technologies may well be inevitable, but the platforms are just not there yet for serious professional application.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto