If you put data on any could managed by big corporations, you and your organization are remotely controlled by the profiteering gangs and its tech-selling bhakts. See a point in the concern below?
We have a project running in production on Google Cloud (GCP) that is used to monitor hundreds of wind turbines and scores of solar plants scattered across 8 countries. We have control centers with wall-to-wall screens with dashboards full of metrics that are monitored 24/7. Asset Managers use this system to monitor the health of individual wind turbines and solar strings in real time and take immediate corrective maintenance. Development and Forecasting teams use the system to run algorithms on data in BigQuery. All these actions translate directly to revenue. We deal in a ‘wind/solar energy’ — a perishable commodity. If we over produce, we cannot store and sell later. If we under produce, there are penalties to be paid. For this reason assets need to be monitored 24/7 to keep up/down with the needs of the power grid and the power purchase agreements made.
Early morning (28 June 2018) i receive an alert from Uptime Robot telling me my entire site is down. I receive a barrage of emails from Google saying there is some ‘potential suspicious activity’ and all my systems have been turned off. EVERYTHING IS OFF. THE MACHINE HAS PULLED THE PLUG WITH NO WARNING. The site is down, app engine, databases are unreachable, multiple Firebases say i’ve been downgraded and therefore exceeded limits.
It’s a lonely cloud.
Customer service chat is off. There’s no phone to call. I have an email asking me to fill in a form and upload a picture of the credit card and a government issued photo id of the card holder. Great, let’s wake up the CFO who happens to be the card holder.
You just can’t turn things off and then ask for an explanation.
I understand Google’s need to monitor and prevent suspicious activity. But how you handle things after some suspicious activity is detected matters a lot. You need a human element here — one that cannot be replaced by any amount of code/AI. You just can’t turn things off and then ask for an explanation. Do it the other way round.
This is the first project we built entirely on the Google Cloud. Only small could players handle billing issues in a much more humane way. They warn you about suspicious activity and give you time to explain and sort things out. They don’t kick you down the stairs. They can’t afford either!
Why? Entities like Gooogle, Amazonia, Relience, Going Daddies + Some Govt Hypers… want to enter every walk of your life and make it more miserable, counter-profitable.. enticing all for free after consuming, rattling and destroying the smaller / unorganized, responsive and niche experts. They ride high-sea while all security and moral flood gates are opened to flush-out vulnerable small entrepreneurs. Afterwards spiraling up the prices very smartly as a synced cartel of ROI hungry oligarchies. Such simple jugaad, are marketed as some grand futuristic strategies to attain “the speed of light” with cutting-edge technology of scale, a better word is shameless development! Not being human-centric is the biggest threat to we the people: so-called customer or business are not floating in deep space.
Source and Read more at https://medium.com/@serverpunch/why-you-should-not-use-google-cloud-75ea2aec00de