HP CEO Mark Hurd doesn't fully trust the public cloud: Should you?

HP CEO Mark Hurd has said HP won't put anything material outside its firewall. Do Hurd's remarks give you more or less confidence in cloud computing?

At the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Fla., HP CEO Mark Hurd talked about how the company plans to layer cloud services on its infrastructure in the future. However, with more than 1,000 hacks a day, security creates an important need on differentiating what they put in public versus private clouds. "We wouldn't put anything material in nature outside the firewall," Hurd said.

During his remarks, Hurd seemed to imply that HP would be willing to use cloud infrastructure within its firewall, but wouldn't think of putting sensitive data (such as email or financial systems) in an external cloud. Is it just me, or do Hurd's remarks seem contrary to HP's marketing of its Cloud Assure solution?

By Bill Detwiler

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