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Comment Is it still "your" data in the cloud? (Score 1) 220

The bigger question is, is it still your data in the cloud? If you miss a bill payment will you be able to access it? If the cloud owner doesn't pay the telecom provider or the data center will you be able to access it? What if they file for bankruptcy? Or have their servers repossessed? How ironclad is that contract? They may have oodles of security but is that really what you would base your business decision on? Just some things to think about...

Comment Re:The only way to get noticed is cost... (Score 1) 192

Agreed, just do the metrics of what it costs to run your workload on Amazon, when the Amazon price becomes cheaper then look for another job... This is the way it will go as IT infrastructure is a utility, nothing more. Now if you are doing specialized IT (HPC, healthcare, R&D) that can't be easily moved to the "cloud" it will be staved off a few more years, but in the end I would expect 90%+ of all computing to be done at large data centers that sell cycles... After all it is the bean counters who tend to run everything and unless there is competitive advantage to doing it yourself then why would you want to?

Comment Re:Or find someone to slave for low wages (Score 1) 886

Can you send some of these well experienced 20 year olds over to me? I don't know if I would be willing to bet the security and integrity of my company's data on somebody who ran the servers for LAN parties in the dorms.... There is a big difference between someone who can install and run these apps and someone who can do so in a safe, secure, repeatable manner. If you don't care about things like PCI, HIPPA or SOX then no problem, the minute you are held accountable for what is happening in the IT environment I suspect the calculus changes dramatically. Cowboys and script kiddies need not apply...

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