With the recent announcement by GHOST that they are discontinuing their free cloud computing space on short notice, it is a strong reminder that getting too married to free internet services could be detrimental to your organization, if not your personal peace of mind. This also signals that the Cloud Computing technology will likely see further consolidation and change as companies developing the technology come to grips with the reality of creating a business model that is profitable.
GHOST sent the following notice to their users on March 4, 2010:
We hope you have been enjoying our free Ghost service. Regrettably changes in the marketplace mean that it is no longer economical for us to host the Ghost service and we will be closing down the service on or around March 15. We will instead be focusing on licensing or selling our technology to larger companies.
We advise you to migrate ALL important folders, files and emails to another secure place before March 15. You might like to consider Google Docs or Microsoft SkyDrive for files and services such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail for email.