Google Data Liberation Front a Welcome Attitude on Cloud Computing

The cloud computing, or software as a service model has compelling attributes – such as low cost, ease of use, and scalability. But the downside is that there are issues around the security, integrity, and longevity of both the data and the software behind it.

Google has taken a step in the right direction with its promise that any cloud application it provides will have as a prime directive the ability of the user to pack up their data and take it anywhere, including a competitor.

At least that helps solve the issue of the risk of losing data, as it makes it easier to keep a local backup.


  1. Thanks for noting this, David. I think it’s amusing that the group within Google that’s promoting this actually calls itself the Data Liberation Front. They’ve got a blog and you can follow them on Twitter.