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Comment Re:Sure... they're large enough... (Score 1) 123

Sure, you have to manage the hardware. We're talking about comparing a particular feature of the two deployment models. Of course, if you manage hardware you need humans to manage the hardware. But if we're talking about dealing with the failure of an individual guest or host, I don't see much of a difference between "the cloud" and a highly virtualized datacenter.

As far as dealing with spikes in demand, you really have to think that there are two very different environments. There are internal IT departments where demand spikes like that don't exist, and there are public facing operations (ie big web operations) where the cloud makes a lot more sense. I deal with the former, not the latter.

Comment Re:Sure... they're large enough... (Score 1) 123

People also forget about networking and storage, along with the associated support staff. If you operate a very small staff already, you likely won't be able to get rid of anyone. But if you've got a mid to large staff, you can definitely make considerable cuts. But ..

(Something's wrong with Server-447? Just drop it and provision a new one, 5 minutes max.)

We had this before the cloud became popular, and still do. Who isn't running a (nearly) fully virtualized environment these days?

Comment General Security (Score 3, Interesting) 70

Generalized security is mostly bullshit. It's all an inch deep over a broad area. For it to be worth a shit you need to be a specialist who understands a particular area and knows enough about it to understand how to secure it.

But as far as what bullshit security certification generates the most cash in your pocket? I'd guess CISSP.

Comment Re:Never again (Score 1) 190

It would be better if you could stick with an older, faster version of iOS and just get security updates like you can with Android.

Except even on Nexus devices you can only get security updates for 3 years. On anything else you're lucky to get them after one year, let alone two. And when you do get them they arrive months late.

Android "security" is an absolute joke.

Comment Re:Never again (Score 1, Informative) 190

According to the source, major Android system updates will be provided to Nexus phones and tablets for two full years after the starting operating system's release date, while security patches will be provided for three years from that date.

Meanwhile, iOS 9 was available on the iPhone 4S (from 2011) the day it was released.

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