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Opinion: Cloud Computing

November 17, 2009

Linux Today – Editor’s Note: Cloud is Just Another Word for “Sucker”

As much as we warn about privacy, security, and reliability problems in cloud computing, it’s coming and we can’t stop it. So do we join the cloud party? Heck no.

It seems like it should have some advantages. Geeks back in the olden days used to say that a simple network appliance running hosted applications would be a good thing for unsophisticated users. Pay a monthly fee just like for phone services, use a subsidized terminal, and let the vendor have all the headaches of security, provisioning, system administration, updates, backups, and maintenance. What a boon for the business owner– outsource to a service provider, no muss, no fuss, and everyone is happy.

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