Cloud services are often recommended by IT providers and resellers as the most effective solution for data storage and even high performance computing.
1) Does anybody have evaluated these tools for usability and performance ? e.g. the crossbow aligner claims high performance on amazon EC2.
2) Since we are managing reserved data (personal genotypes and genomic profiles e.g.) and different countries have different laws to regulate personal-data management, which are legal implications/risks of putting such data in the cloud ?
Would you consider the phisical location of the server ? or only on the policy of the provider ?