POS Software in the Cloud

Much talk is going around about applications in the cloud.  I was obviously a proponent of this when it was known as an ASP (Applications Service Provider) model.  ProphetLine won the Retail Developer of the Year award in 2001 for the thin client model we built for 70 Southwestern Bell retail mobile phone stores.   While band width is no longer an issue, SBC would simply put in a T-1 line and problem solved.  The issue that still surrounds this deployment method was taken from an article in the VAR Insider after Amazons big Cloud outage.   When mission critical applications like POS Software go down, there is pain.

The Cloud Will Go Out and Cloud outages are going to happen. They’re a reality, and if you can’t stand the outage, get out of the cloud, many solution providers said. "Outages, for better or worse, are part of the IT industry," said David Hoff, vice president of technology for Atlanta-based cloud solution provider Cloud Sherpas, later adding, "There are going to be outages at least for the foreseeable future, because the technology is so immature.  Cloud computing will fail, and you need to plan for that failure," said Jeremy Przygode, CEO of Los Angeles-based cloud solution provider Stratalux.