Search Engine on

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at
Fri Jul 23 13:39:14 UTC 2010

On Fri, 23 Jul 2010, Nicu Buculei wrote:

> On 07/23/2010 01:27 AM, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> >
> > What I think we need to protect is API compliance and to ensure that
> > we can reimplement a service on our own as a replacement if the
> > external service goes up in smoke for some reason. Which means we need
> > services with documented stable APIs and we need to identify an
> > existing open codebase that we can rebuild into a replacement service
> > that conforms to the APIs we make use of in any 3rd party service
> > provider we choose to rely on.. but not necessarily the same codebase
> > that the 3rd party service provider is running.
> Since you generalized from "search engines" to "web services", I feel
> the need to outline another case which goes beyond search engines:
> access to our own data.
> Supposedly for example we use a web service for hosting and sharing
> images and that service goes down in flames. We can replace it with
> another solution, maybe a Free and self-hosted, but our data "in the
> cloud" was already lost, is too late.

We've discussed this as part of DR, particularly the "what happens if PHX2
blows up" case.


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