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Where Cloud Computing Makes Sense

Posted October 19, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Engineers have been deluged with constant sales pitches about the virtues of cloud-based engineering software, but how do you sort it all out? This Desktop Engineering article is a good place to start, with a solid overview of what major software vendors are offering on the cloud, the cost structures, and the kinds of engineering challenges that call for cloud-based solutions. Among the biggest cloud drivers: the growth of collaborative global engineering teams and the increased reliance on simulation and complex analysis in design work. Companies also are integrating product development software with business enterprise programs in the cloud.


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10/19/2015 10:25 AM

I get the sales pitches. There's money to be made for selling server space.

However, no one seems to talk about or care about security of IP and personal data.

This is just like cell phones. The pitch there is how convenient it is and no one wants to talk about security of your transmissions.

People regularly give out sensitive information (credit cards, etc.) over their cell phone pretending it is safe from prying ears. To alleviate any fears the FCC made it illegal (in violation of one of their own rules) to listen into cell phone conversations, making everyone feel safe.

The cloud is little different in that you are totally trusting your security to some unknown set of practices in a world where cyber breaches are everyday news.

When a bank gets robbed your money is insured. When a data bank gets robbed insurance is useless.

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10/20/2015 5:08 AM

There is at least one cloud company out there that stores your your data split it into multiple parts using a personal to you security algorithm, and then stores more than one back up copy of each part on different servers. No one server has enough information stored on it to reconstruct your data. The algorithm is resident on your computer so even the cloud service provider cannot reconstruct your data. If any of the servers fail your information is still recoverable from the back up copies. It is not cheap but it is reliable and secure. I only know about it because my daughter wrote part of the software.

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10/19/2015 9:09 PM

I am of a like mind with Anonymous Hero.

No way, no how.

I have "free" cloud storage with a number of devices.

I avoid it at all costs.

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10/19/2015 10:33 PM

Oh come on guys, please use the cloud. I need a source for more ideas to make money from and the cloud is just the place to go for it.

Side benefit I won't have to work near as hard with you as resources

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10/20/2015 2:06 PM

With a wink & nod to Hallmark™: "When you care NOT to trust others with YOUR data."

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10/21/2015 8:50 AM

In your dreams.

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10/21/2015 9:16 AM

Reason i don't like the cloud. I don't want my work being held for ransom.

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