Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE: Comment by wigry
by marcp on Mon 26th Nov 2012 16:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by wigry"
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I'd agree with the most things you wrote, however:
- there are performance issues [still, even though we have powerful CPUs]
- there are security issues [underlying OS should not be susceptible to malware attacks/infections. This automatically excludes Windows ecosystem]. Besides, VMs are not the ideal solutions when it comes to privillege escalation and access to the host system [which is definitely possible and exploitable]
- NAS/SAN IS in fact a hardware [and software] investment anyway, so this kinda stands in a way here for you. However, regular PC should be enough to use such VM, as long as the host HW has strong VM capabilities [which most of it actually has now].

Anyhow, I like the whole concept.

Regards

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