steve smith-401573 (9/15/2011)
If it's got truly sensitive information (e.g., corporate financials, PII, banking information, etc), then consider partitioning off a 'private cloud' either internally or with a boutique 3rd party vendor for whom the higher bar of assumptions 1-4 can be satisfied.
You made some good points, but my main issue with cloud marketing comes out in your response. "Cloud" is not defined. If this communication was in C++ the compiler would crash!
Cloud is being sold as a form of outsourcing. If it is a private cloud in my data center, how does that make it a cloud or change what I am doing? If it is VMWare or other virtulization, call it that, not cloud. If it is an external private cloud, then I argue it isn't private! If it is.... and do on!
Not that I disagree with what you said, because you do have good points - I just don't like the marketing hype where we sell an apple (not the company by the way!) or an orange and call it a cloud. I would not be surprised to see someone market toe nail clippings as good for you at some point, hell we already sell botulism to improve one's looks.
I don't know if I have more disrespect for sales, marketing, or the legal profession. I am quite disenchanted with what I think are very intelligent people who don't learn from history, and are repeating the same failed experiments of the past because someone painted a rosy picture.
Again, as you pointed out, there may be reasons to have something hosted by a third party. But even in those cases, I don't see the value. I can reduce my energy costs and server costs quite a bit using real technology instead of some (failed?) business model that just hasn't failed yet.
My opinion, I realize it isn't worth the bits this message will be stored as.