Cloud Roundup #4

Here are some recent stories that caught my eye:

  • Dropbox has consistently been at the forefront of the cloud services that have been used for things other than file storage.  All sorts of apps and hacks exist to serve music, upload files, automate productivity, etc.  Techcrunch reported on Dropbox’s new synchronization API for developers, which should lead to some interesting creativity.
  • Readwrite discusses the issue of enterprise storage and the cloud.  Instead of a technology issue, there is an increasing information management issue as employees store content in more places, including the cloud.  Whether it’s for convenience or to end run an IT storage quota, it can create problems.
  • An Australian lawyer synthesizes cloud practice issues unique to New South Wales but looks at a variety of ethical and practical issues, relying heavily on a paper from the Virginia Bar.  It was interesting to see this about the same time as I first heard of Actionstep, a New Zealand-based SaaS practice management system.  The challenges and opportunities for both lawyers and developers seem to largely ignore borders.
  • Steptoe & Johnson’s Cyberblog had a great post on what a “business record” for the purpose of requests under the USA PATRIOT Act might mean and whether it was useful to serve a particular type of order on a US cloud provider to gain access to information relating to foreign – specifically EU or Canadian – businesses.  David Fraser, a Canadian lawyer, addressed the PATRIOT Act as red herring last year but the issue never seems to die.

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