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7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths

You've heard the arguments: The cloud is not secure, costs too much, and wrecks the environment. Let us set you straight.
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Security of operations is a cloud user's number one concern -- or, at least, tied for first. It's a concern that will linger as more and more business users take their first, tentative steps with cloud services. And yet, compared to the average data center, cloud security is both more rigorous and more strenuously monitored than a heterogeneous enterprise data center's security can be. While there's a known case of a bot establishing itself in Amazon's Enterprise Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon detected its activity, determined that it violated its rules of customer use and shut it down.

Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant operations have been established in the cloud and the most skillfully secured facilities, such as Terremark's Culpepper, Va., data center or massive Network Access Point of the Americas data center in downtown Miami, pictured above. They've passed the Department of Defense's stringent DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process.

It may be that users need to access the public cloud via VPN, as merely using the Internet exposes users to a predatory zone. But the cloud itself will eventually emerge as a more secure environment than the corporate data center.

Image Credit: Terremark website

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kbuchs559
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11/14/2012 | 5:55:49 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
Will ARM or SmartOS replace Windows and Linux? ARM is a family of processors, not an operating system. Linux and Windows run on ARM processors (limited in case of Windows).
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GAProgrammer,
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11/14/2012 | 6:00:44 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
On Myth #7 - sure, fewer cars are driving to brick and mortor stores, but there are more shipping trucks involved, both to distribution warehouses and to doors. It's probably close to a wash.
smccown
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smccown,
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11/14/2012 | 9:13:41 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
Actually, for myth #1, the cloud (like the internet) is *not* safe.

Many well-documented successful attacks have been carried out against PCI-compliant companies, the DOD, etc. For example:

1) Big-Box Breach: The Inside Story of Wal-MartGÇÖs Hacker Attack (http://www.wired.com/threatlev...

2) White House confirms cyberattack (http://www.politico.com/news/s...

Rather than giving companies a false sense of security, tell them that they are at risk, but that the cloud can be made "at least as safe as everything else"...
smccown
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smccown,
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11/14/2012 | 9:14:32 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
Actually, for myth #1, the cloud (like the internet) is *not* safe.

Many well-documented successful attacks have been carried out against PCI-compliant companies, the DOD, etc. For example:

1) Big-Box Breach: The Inside Story of Wal-MartGÇÖs Hacker Attack (http://www.wired.com/threatlev...

2) White House confirms cyberattack (http://www.politico.com/news/s...

Rather than giving companies a false sense of security, tell them that they are at risk, but that the cloud can be made "at least as safe as everything else"...
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Dkramer3,
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11/14/2012 | 9:36:10 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
Also what does on line shopping have to do with cloud computing? The scenario would be the same weather Amazon had it's servers in the cloud or on site.
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11/14/2012 | 9:55:01 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
A thought provoking list and analysis. Here's my tuppence worth:
The cloud is probably at least as secure, if not more secure than your remote/off-site data centre.
The VM spying issue is less of a concern than the inappropriate accessing of logs by physic server admins (at cloud, or your local farm - it's the people, stupid!).
The cost of the cloud services, like everything, is in the labour required to provide it (again - people).
Cloud shopping is more than just about price - find a service that suits, then negotiate price.
The choice of the OS will become less important (see previous comment) and diversity in OS will count for nothing in the longer term as energy costs will never be a long-term factor - see moore's law, and the comments about labour costs.
Open-source will eventually be monetised somehow - no such thing as a free lunch (there'll be ads in your data soup).
Cloud computing is eco-friendly, but online shopping is not - three trips by trucks to your house to delivery this weeks groceries vs the hybrid going to the mall - you can figure it out?
Great article, though - a new subscriber and enjoying what I see.
cbabcock
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11/15/2012 | 1:07:47 AM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
Critic makes a fair point below. My ARM vocabulary failed me. ARM is a processor, not an operating system, but the ARM processor cannot use the x86 instruction set. The operating system must be ported to ARM, as Ubuntu has been.Most x86 OSs have not. Charlie Babcock, InformationWeek
Marvin Goodman
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11/15/2012 | 4:41:38 AM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
I believe that the perception of Cloud risk has driven positive behavior in end users, making their non-Cloud activities safer. How many of your friends outside of IT knew what a VPN was two years ago, or file encryption? Because folks are scaring them about files they're copying to the Cloud, users are practicing safer computing in general.
Scritti Politti
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11/15/2012 | 9:53:31 AM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
What a crock. Who is propagating these myths? No one. The problems with "the cloud" are real and undeniable. Local storage is more spacious, cheaper, faster, and physically smaller than ever. It's exactly the WRONG time to take all of your data and PAY to upload it to some third-party server, then PAY to get it back at crappy data rates while PAYING for the bandwidth and exhausting your data allowance.

Oh, and you can only get your data at the whim of that third party, and IF you have an Internet connection. So if you're lucky you MIGHT be able to get a bit of it on the plane. But not on that road trip through the mountains. Or the subway. Or in other countries, where you don't have a data plan. And on and on.

The people cheerleading for "the cloud" are shills or pathetically gullible.
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11/17/2012 | 6:10:16 PM
re: 7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
a great big scam perpetrated on the mentally challenged
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