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Thu., Aug. 15, 2013, 4 p.m.

Cloud risk

LOS ANGELES – When Thomas Trappler talks clouds, companies listen.

But he’s not warning about rain. Rather, Trappler is a “cloud” consultant, who tells attorneys, executives and fellow information technology experts what to look out for when they put company databases in the so-called cloud.

As more companies rely on remote cloud servers to store their files, Trappler has become a highly sought-after security adviser, a celebrity of sorts in the rapidly growing cloud computing industry.

“No one’s teaching people about this,” Trappler said. “At the moment, I don’t think there are very many people like me.” Full story.

Several years ago, one of my teenagers crashed my computer and I lost tons of data. Now, everything I write, all photos etc. are backed up via a cloud server. It's a risk I'm willing to take. Do you back up your data via a remote server?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.