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The Real Arguments for Cloud Computing

Separate reality from hype

cloud computingAs more vendors dive into the cloud computing market, every possible claim regarding the supposed benefits of moving to a cloud-based service is being made.  I ran across an article titled ” Why Cloud-based Monitoring is more reliable and secure than Nagios. ” The author, who represented a cloud-based network monitoring company, contended that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model offered by his company was better for companies than Nagios and other open source products.

The question is not  Cloud Computing vs. Open Source.  In fact, there are open source SaaS providers like MindTouch out there.  If considering a product like Nagios, a better comparison would be open source vs. commercial.  In many cases, cost is the determining factor for companies to look  to open source technologies. Other considerations include flexibility and security.

The more relevant  comparison would be hosting and managing a network monitoring system on site vs. moving to a SaaS provider. For many organizations,  IT is considered overhead and not the primary function of the organization. Companies move to the cloud for most of the same reasons companies out-source.  Can someone else do it better for less?  Cost is usually the easier consideration. Companies have to grapple with the ‘better’. Does it mean more security, availability, capacity, support? Many cloud providers would say ‘yes’ to all and then some. That may be true in some regard.  Organizations have to really consider and make that determination themselves. Make a real comparison between their options and not just follow the typical vendor hype.

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William J McBorrough is a Security Expert with many years of success Managing, Designing, and Implementing medium and large enterprise Physical and Information Technology Security Solutions. His experience spans the spectrum from small e-commerce start-ups to multi-campus state and federal agencies to multi-state financial sector organizations. He is also on the faculty of various universities including University of Maryland University College, EC-Council University, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College where he conducts research and teach graduate and undergraduate courses relating to cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and information security and assurance. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computing Engineering with a concentration in digital networks and a Masters of Science in Information Security and Assurance. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk Information System Control (CRISC), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).He is well versed in personnel, systems and network security risk management. His core competancies include Developing cost effective solutions to enable mission assurance in the following areas: Enterprise Risk Management, IT Governance, Security Organization Development, Information Security and Assurance

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