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Monday, October 13, 2003

In Defense Of the Microsoft Monoculture (Column, By Rob Enderle)

More sanity on this subject from a columnist who gets it right. Please note the following statements:
I'm not a big fan of diversity because so much the research I've done over the last decade or so indicates that by eliminating diversity you can dramatically reduce costs. Companies can minimize support costs by rolling out identical hardware and software to every desktop through big bang deployments. Going the other way in a knee jerk reaction to just one class of security threat seems poorly founded. A good chunk of my life was spent doing security audits. In my experience, diverse environments are less secure. This is because diversity leads to bad practices and it was those practices that exposed the site.


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