The concept of backing up information over the internet is growing in popularity. Guy Bunker provides you with some key questions to ask prospective service providers before you head off into the clouds. In an age where we have more information than we can cope with and where data is growing at an exponential rate, how can storage be dead? Well, it’s not, of course it isn’t, however it is changing and in a few years time we’ll look back and ask how we coped with it all. The reason . . . cloud computing, or the grid, or software-as-a-service, or whatever we will call it next week. Yes, we will be using more and more storage, but we won’t be looking after it — someone else will.