Not-So-Radical-Thought: Cloud Computing is Often More Secure
Over at the Smarter Planet Blog (which I don't read often enough, I confess), Steve Hamm and Harold Moss opine on whether cloud computing can be more secure than, well, non-cloud computing I guess.
Well, sure it can (and is), at least if we're talking about private clouds. Because that's what a mainframe is and has been for decades: a private cloud (typically), albeit one that's extremely efficient and integrated already, so you have a lot less work to do to assemble and manage the parts. I like to call the mainframe "a complete data center in a box." There's widespread agreement that mainframes offer numerous security-related advantages — assuming equivalent and reasonable operational competence. (Anybody can turn an inherently secure environment into an insecure one. Open the gates to Fort Knox without at least checking some IDs and don't be surprised if some gold disappears.)
It's a lot easier to secure one or a very few centralized...ahem, cloud...environments than 100 or more distributed environments. Security is both difficult and evolving, so "do it once and do it well." Because otherwise if you're doing it 100 times simultaneously you're bound to do it badly. Security, I mean.
|by Timothy Sipples||February 27, 2011 in Web Technology |
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