We now control your data - and here our our new charges, T&Cs ...
Cloud computing is a great euphemism for centralization of computer services under one server ~ Evgeny Morozov
Our commercial and technical relationships with these companies was cloudy. Perhaps murky would be a better word. It all starts so well cheap or even free storage, one click to donate your data. It's so easy.
Then you are no longer in control. Opting out is difficult and expensive. Rackspace are now doubt taking notes on the ways IBM held hegemony over their user's IT and data for decades.
This week we went with the open source ownCloud on our own servers. We are in control and its just our time that costs. We understand exactly where the backups are and can go poke at them at any time if we want to experiment.
I now sleep sounder at night.