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Windows 7: Cloud Computing

06 Aug 2010   #11

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
...I can see some value at the corporate level where data and applications have to be shared amongst many people spread over the whole world. Also for applications that one uses once in every blue moon...
That's the real attraction. You can have 500 (or 50,000) employees in numerous offices and buy one business license for less than building a computer for each employee. Not to mention the IT headaches when you have to patch 500 (or 50,000) machines. You can also buy cheap crap computers, all identical, and use one image for everyone. Software is permission-based and not on an install-as-needed basis.
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07 Aug 2010   #12


Yes, conceptually, reducing IT costs is a HIGHLY desirable goal. But think about risk management.

You cannot hand over the keys to the kingdom based on such easily hackable password protection. The cost of business lossess from confidential information or for potential fines of exposed consumer information, depending on the business that you are in, could EASILY be 100x to 1000x any savings. Now, if you could restrict access to specific IP and Mac Addr's (which I acknowedge can be faked) in combination with password protection, you'd have a step in the right direction. Fundamentally, the issues are 1) monitoring breaches and 2) reaction time (immediate) to control access. Irate employees and foreign hackers are the same problem.

Let me know if you find cloud services that will give me reports of unusual (IP/Mac) activity on my user community accounts and what assets were accessed. I would be interested.

In the meantime, it's all fine for academic purposes and anything not mission critical. Just don't ask me to start policing employee content to make sure it's not mission critical. That equals forget it until security is decent.
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08 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sounds like I am not the only one that finds this maybe a little troubling. Reason it comes to mind so much is smart phones are using it now with some of the apps and I know it won't be long before more apps get that way. Even on a phone I just can't see any privacy.

With large networks I can see how running server side apps would be cost effective but if I have someone working on lets just say secret, I would want that project on a system that isn't even connected to the outside world. When it comes to my personal stuff, my apps and my files will always be at my finger tips. I was playing a web based game today and the cable went out for a min and all I could think was if this was on my PC I wouldn't have an issue right now.
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