The outages recently experienced by Apple’s Siri and RIM’s BlackBerry messaging services are now discouraging other companies in the industry from making the shift to cloud based computing, according to reports from several reliable sources, which suggests that there is still a lot of scope for improvement in online cloud based services. In the report released by the research firm called Saugtuck, BlackBerry and Siri are among the most prominent reasons why cloud computing is still not very acceptable for application in businesses and operations management.
The firm stated in its report that it is very likely that the mobile world will face some more and probably more significant outages in cloud services caused by server failures, which will result in the cloud migration of business application on the enterprise level and management level being disrupted.
The research from Saugtuck comes following the blackout in RIM’s messaging services which was well publicized, affecting millions of BlackBerry users all over the world in October. Users who were frustrated were seen blaming the company on most popular social media sites as many businesses across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia struggled to cope with the blockage of their messages.
The cloud based voice recognition assistance service called Siri which was inaugurated by Apple in the latest iPhone 4S, was the victim of another similar outage after the phone released on the 4th of October. The company based in Cupertino, California also experienced difficulties while launching its cloud based storage and sharing services called the iCloud a week later, as many customers reported difficulties in syncing their iOS 5 based devices with the service after upgrading to the new OS and many of them were also locked from accessing their account.
It was suggested by Saugatuck that RIM and Apple might need the expansion of their data centers for effectively handling such outages in case the glitches come up again. Many individual smartphone users now have to routinely cope with troubles from cloud computing; however, it might cause much more damage to businesses who are considering storing their sensitive information on these cloud servers. Concerns have also been expressed by the Pentagon stating that the systems based on cloud might be more vulnerable to being hacked, as they can be accessed from all over the world.