One of the big advantages of "cloud computing" is that you have access to your data anywhere, and even if your system breaks down, you can still access that data because a professional host is keeping it safe for you.
But what happens when that professional host manages to lose all your data? …
That's what happened to T-Mobile Sidekick users last week. A server failure at Microsoft/Danger last week means that all user data is most likely permanently lost.
Ponder that for a moment. Microsoft. With some of the brightest minds in the IT world working for them. Lost all customer data.
Now, I'm probably not going to stop using other people's servers to synchronize my data across devices. It's very useful to be able to do that. But am I going to rely on them to keep my data safe? No, I will always keep a backup of my own data, just in case.
And who knows, maybe at some point in the future, I will be able to use a Unite application installed on all my devices to keep them in sync? My own personal cloud, so to speak.
Opera Unite will not replace traditional data hosts. It will not make all those data storage and sharing services obsolete. But it will provide an alternative, and leave you more in control of your own data.
I don't want all my data to be controlled by other people, and I know I can't rely on them to keep my data safe anyway. "Cloud computing" does not mean that you can relax and stop taking backups of your data! It simply means that you hand over your data to other people because you will benefit from it, and you hope that they will keep that data safe and private.
So I guess you can trust the cloud to a certain degree, but we need alternatives to the cloud as well.