General Debate  - 
Cloud computing or traditional, on-premises servers?
Ionuţ Stroe's profile photoClayton Reeves's profile photoJarn Vrmte's profile photoDwayne Knight (Dark Cyberian Knight)'s profile photo
IMO, cloud computing is only good for backups of both settings and data. Relying solely on the cloud is just asking for problems. Apart from that, certain information should never be in the cloud, not even as backup, due to privacy concerns.

Generally I need to have all my software on my own computer, and preferably opensource, in order to trust it.
+Jarn Vermote You are contradicting yourself on that, a little bit.. You say that you don't trust cloud on info security but you seem to trust opensource, which is known to be vulnerable to hack attacks..
+Ionuţ Stroe How's that contradictory? Opensource is the only way to know for sure how the application handles your data. Besides, as far as I know, opensource software is known for being very secure as exploits can be patched almost instantly. (compare the reputation of OpenBSD with Windows for example)
I use cloud services all the time. I personally think that it all depends on what you are doing, but I think cloud is great if you need to expand your abilities very quickly.
+Dwayne Knight for backups sure, but cloud computing involves more than only storing data. Think of Chrome OS for example that runs most of your software in the cloud.
+Jarn Vermote 

Well there are systems for open distributed processing, but as one might expect that makes the data public.

I don't know of practical public processing that maintains private data protection at this time.

The cloud solutions that protect data privacy do so by host control and agreement.

I heard recently about some currently impractical encryption that may work some time in the future on special built hardware. Homophonic cryptography I think it was called.

You might be able to obfuscate some data and do some processing but I bet clever people could figure out what it is.

I guess I'm curious what you're trying to do that can't or shouldn't be done client side that you are trying to keep private? Do you have an example? There are some processes at this time best only done on systems directly in your control like data base search queries of a sensitive nature.

I just don't like the idea of relying on someone else s security and promises that much.
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