IBM cancellation reveals Cloud risks

A cloud being blown away

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Highlighting the potential risks of relying on cloud services for mission critical applications, IBM has recently announced plans to shutter their Bluemix Object Store v1 service.

Although v3 of the service will continue to operate as normal, v1 users have been warned to migrate to the newer service, or lose their data. Users have until August 24th to decide how to proceed - and to complete the move.

Obviously it makes sense to retire older services, but Bluemix Object Store v1 has been in operation for just 20 months. The fact that users are being forced to perform the upgrade themselves - potentially at the cost of significant disruption - is what has caught most users by surprise. After all, non-disruptive upgrades have always been one of the cloud's biggest selling points.

Unusual, but not unique

The decision to kill off a hosted service that is still being used is not unique to IBM. Google famously has a history of retiring well-used services with little warning or explanation - like Google News or Google Talk.

It is important that any business considering adopting a new cloud service factors in the possibility that the vendor could retire it at any time. Although customers may expect a seamless migration to an alternative, there is no guarantee that will always be the case.

In many regards, the only way to ensure your storage provisions continue to meet your needs is to persevere with onsite hardware. Or to develop an effective hybrid platform that uses a more generic public service.

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