Today everyone seems enamored of "The Cloud." Don Adams of Tibco recently blogged about this at http://www.thetibcoblog.com/2012/04/20/living-in-the-cloud-cool-vs-critical/#comment-10034 when he had the audacity to say that there is a possibility that "The Cloud" is not secure. THANK YOU, DON!! This is what I have been saying for six months now! I don't want my software running on YOUR servers somewhere (who knows where?) and controlled by (who knows who?) and subject to backups (what and when) and subject to security attacks of all kinds.
Sorry - I don't want to have to go to your company to inspect every month and examine all of your security and backup procedures when I'm already doing that very same thing for my own servers. Why not just do this ONCE at my own place of business and not have to worry about YOUR security, YOUR network lag, YOUR performance problems when your other customers are crunching up the CPU time that I need for my customers. Nope, I want MY software on MY machines where I can control everything myself.
Any bank, insurance company, stock brokerage or other financial firm that allows their software to reside and have their data to travel across "The Cloud" is insane. Keep your data and software at home under your own control. If some miscreant breaks in (meaning you were using Windoze rather than Unix servers) then you are at fault, not the company managing "The Cloud" software.
Besides, real data security never allows itself on the internet in the first place, right? Of course, right!! You would keep your data and access off the internet and run them securely only within a tight, on-site environment. Difficult? Darned right it is! But it's the only way to be 100% secure and 100% sure that there are no outside hackers. Inside hackers? Well, that's another problem for another article at another date. :-)
Who stole my spring?? - After a nice 20C degrees day yesterday, I woke up this morning to this:
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