Last month, I wrote about the cloud (as in cloud computing) and explained why we call it that. Today, I’ll highlight why the cloud is better for the vast majority of companies, compared to the old way (buying and managing your own hardware and software). For the record, I’m referring to solutions from companies including Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Rackspace, among others.
When you choose the right cloud partner, your IT team no longer needs to directly manage:
Perhaps more importantly, you get:
It’s time to do an honest TCO analysis (total cost of ownership) considering the cost and value of these myriad factors. The cloud will likely win because providers operate with tremendous economies of scale, while your business alone bears the full cost of a likely inferior, one-off solution.