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Doug's Mailbag: Tablets, Amazon Cloud and Facebook

Here's some thoughts on why tablets may not be right for the enterprise:

The thing about computing devices that use flash for storage (and thumb drives for that matter) is that I can't stop focusing on the lack of the ability to know that your data is really gone when you want it to be (see paper from UCSD). Shades of Ollie North!

I think that this problem will end up being a very big deal for business, government and the consumer. Think of some guys in an out-of-the-way place with a minimum of equipment searching through the chips in discarded storage devices looking for sensitive data. Or worse, some country unfriendly to the U.S. searching through some SSD that was 'supposed to be erased' before it was captured (remember that U.S. plane that was forced to land in mainland China?).
-Chris

 One reader argues why the Amazon cloud isn't good for the enterprise:

For those not needing enterprise-class capabilities, Amazon is still an acceptable (very good) alternative.

If you want to move enterprise apps to the Cloud (really, we're just talking hosting here, although I suppose you could make an argument that the utility billing model inherent in cloud computing could be of value for some apps), Amazon falls far short of other vendors' offerings (Savvis, for example).
-Steven

Andrew wraps up his thoughts about Facebook quite elegantly:

Here are two great quotes from colleagues about Facebook:

  • 'It's a great way to keep in touch with the people I don't want to spend time with.'
  • 'Do you really want your proctologist to friend you?'

-Andrew

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Posted by Doug Barney on 04/27/2011 at 1:18 PM


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