Are Public Clouds Safer Than Private Data Centers?



There are a lot of people who aren’t entirely comfortable entrusting their private data to the cloud. Their concerns are understandable if somewhat illogical. Most people don’t even know that the cloud is. It sounds ephemeral, impermanent, and extremely insecure. The strongest argument against cloud computing is that it is on the bleeding edge of data storage tech. While it’s understandable why a person might think the cloud is too new to be trustworthy, the fact is that it’s been around since at least 2006. By a more technical definition, it’s really been around since the 1960s- because despite the name it’s just a form of network computing.

That’s right. It’s not a real cloud. Your banking data will not fall out of it into someone’s back yard.

The truth is that private data centers are at a much higher risk of attack, corruption, and failure than are public data centers. There are a number of reasons why this is the case, most are to do with the fact that cloud computing is newer, sexier, and looks better on paper. After all, why would you want to say you have a database when you could talk about how you’re storing data in the cloud over martinis? The cloud is by far more hip.

Private storage relies on older tech.

The hardware on the older systems is bulkier and clunkier. It’s dusty, and dust is a computer’s #1 foe. It’s at higher risk of failures due to aging than are cloud machines. This has everything to do with people’s attitudes about it. Private storage is old hat, and the techs are not getting funded to work on it.

Public clouds are essentially crowdfunded.

It’s a bit like the teen party game ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board.’ The costs of cloud data storage are shared by everyone who uses it. People who lose interest or no longer need it drop out naturally. So there’s very little dead weight or negligence. That means you can benefit from just the amount of storage you need, and not pay to accommodate your neighbor’s collection of 1980s top 40 FLAC files.

Public clouds grow like the blob.

Every time a new person joins the database, the cloud grows, since few people use as much storage as they have, and since using public databases is so much cheaper for the individual- public databases are always growing.

Public clouds have the best encryption.

Hackers always target systems with the most users and the biggest profiles. As we have already said, cloud computing is quite fashionable at the moment. This means that it’s a very attractive target for hackers. That may sound like bad news, but it isn’t. When you’ve got plenty of tech people writing code for a project, the more hackers try to attack it- the better its defenses become. The code on these databases is constantly being updated and patched by people who have seen the latest viruses and infiltration techniques.

Again, it’s not really a cloud. It’s more like a flying fortress. Unfortunately, “Flying Fortress Computing” doesn’t roll off the tongue so nicely.

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Katrina is a computer savvy tech specializing in designing and manufacturing custom server racks with RackSolutions.

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