Look beyond the smoke and mirrors of marketing jargon.
Written by Thomas M. Stockwell
A lot of companies are evaluating cloud services to extend or replace in-house IT services at a lower cost. The reasons for considering cloud services include access to more affordable and/or more powerful applications, legacy migration concerns that result from outdated operating systems (e.g., Windows XP), IT staff reductions, capacity planning, etc.
But what are the economics behind the move to cloud? Will outsourcing services to the cloud really solve the economic challenges of in-house IT, or will they exacerbate existing IT service issues and end up costing more?