“Computing is undergoing a seismic shift from client/server to the cloud, a shift similar in importance and impact to the transition from mainframe to client/server. Speculation abounds on how this new era will evolve in the coming years, and IT leaders have a critical need for a clear vision of where the industry is heading.” –From the whitepaper’s introduction
Today Microsoft released a whitepaper that brings some much-needed clarity to understanding the cost implications of “the Cloud” and what it means for IT and for business. Entitled “The Economics of the Cloud”, this quick-read defines the parameters that measure why and how the implementation of cloud computing will save money; for you, your IT organization, and your business.
“Sounds pretty boring, Kevin.”
Saving money in business is never boring. And getting a better understanding of why you will want to use pools of massive amounts of computing power, on-demand and pay-as-you-go, instead of continuing to build-it-yourself, is a very worthwhile endeavor. In my opinion this paper does an excellent job of laying out all of the various potential benefits of cloud computing… economies of scale, multi-tenancy efficiencies, pooling and automation of IT resources, etc. It does it in a way that, in the end, leaves you more knowledgeable about the potential that the path to the cloud has for the computing world, and perhaps even excited about starting that journey and taking advantage of the benefits.
But don’t take my word for it. I challenge every IT Worker, Manager, Director, and CIO out there to read this paper. Open your mind to the possibilities. Stop putting whip holders in your horseless carriages.