Re: The Cloud - When your Data is not really your data
@ Former Job precisely all of those arguments came up - However, It was very easy to document that Former Job really don't give a shit:
We had Students working Operations, Sacked BOFH holds the passwords to main routers, the configuration of which are crazily complex due jumping through burning tires for random customers, the same four/five passwords used everywhere - those also shipped with on-premise systems, LDAP configured, but in such a way that it has admin rights on the LDAP server (password in LDAP config EVERYWHERE) e.t.c. e.t.c.
Then you add the general and wide-spread incompetence in setting up databases, firewalls and CISCO-shit alle over industry, where most people sell a service, at a price and production costs must be low so nobody bothers to learn the tools because they are not going to be there for long.
All things considered, The Cloud make a lot of sense. I seriously doubt that AWS is run the same way as I have seen IT being run. At the worst it is the same level of negligence and incompetence - but with huge savings in Operations staff and hardware for the users of the service.
Of Course people took a dim view of this being put into a report so when they sacked half the staff I was sacked too - which actually turned out to be like winning the lottery!
PS: Former Job is still shovelling shitty software around between shitty boxen mosly by hand - not because this stuff is hard, a largeish boto-script can run up everything on AWS in minutes (been there, done that) but because the Chief Opreations Officer then would be without minions and domain, and one can never have too much management!