Amazon's announcement that its S3 service now has a service level agreement (SLA)
is getting a lot of coverage
, but I still can't use it for class projects: Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts (FIPPA
) don't allow me to store sensitive information (e.g., students' work) in jurisdictions that permit secret warrants, like those mandated by the USA PATRIOT Act. It wouldn't even help if Amazon ran a cluster farm in Canada, since the PATRIOT Act applies to subsidiaries of American firms operating in other countries as well. Funny, sort of: an American government shreds the Constitution a little, and my students can't play with enterprise-scale clusters...
Later: see also this discussion of courseware built around such technologies --- again, off limits to Ontario schools thanks to the current administration in Washington.