Wozniak on Cloud: 'Horrible Problems in the Next Five Years'

Wozniak on Cloud: 'Horrible Problems in the Next Five Years'

We know that switching to the cloud business model isn't easy, and some vendors seem to be experimenting with go-to-market strategies of direct versus indirect. But now Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder and billionaire world-famous geek-next-door Steve Wozniak has weighed in with his thoughts on the cloud, too, and they aren't very positive.

"I really worry about everything going to the cloud," Wozniak recently told Mike Daisey and an audience attending Daisey's performance of "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs," a two-hour monologue about Apple's labor conditions in China. The Wozniak comments were reported in Australia's Herald Sun.

"I think it's going to be horrenduous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

At least part of Wozniak's reluctance about the cloud comes from fear of not owning the data anymore once you agree to the legal terms of the cloud service provider.

"With the cloud, you don't own anything. You've already signed it away," he said. "I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, 'Oh, everything is really on my computer,' but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it."

Anyone want to interest this man in an SLA?

Wozniak's fears, however, may be well founded. There hasn't been a shortage of cloud outages in recent years, from the most recent Microsoft Azure outage to the weather-related Amazon outage last month. Not to mention the Wired journalist who last week blogged about how his Apple iCloud account had been hacked and all his devices had been remotely wiped and his Twitter feed hijacked. Yikes.

These kinds of outages, hacks and other cloud troubles provide all the more reason for managed service providers to manage businesses' cloud operations.  Is that a service that you are providing to customers today?

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