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January 9, 2014

Cloud's Worst-Case Scenario: What to Do if Your Provider Goes Belly Up

Network World — Last September customers of storage provider Nirvanix got what could be worst-case scenario news for a cloud user: The company was going out of business and they had to get data out, fast.

Customers scrambled to transfer data from Nirvanix's facilities to other cloud providers or back on to their own premises. "Some folks made it, others didn't," says Kent Christensen, a consultant at Datalink, which helped a handful of clients move data out of the now-defunct cloud provider.

Nirvanix wasn't the first, and it likely will not be the last cloud provider to go belly up. Megacloud, a provider of free and paid online storage without warning or explanation suddenly went dark two months after Nirvanix's bombshell dropped. Other companies have phased out products they once offered customers for cloud storage: Symantec's Backup Exec.cloud, for example is no longer being sold by the company.

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http://www.cio.com/article/745716/Cloud_s_Worst_Case_Scenario_What_to_Do_if_Your_Provider_Goes_Belly_Up