In This Chapter
Exploring the allure of the cloud
Discovering the economics of the data center
Checking out some interesting ratios
When company management begins thinking about implementing a cloud, the first thing they think about is the economic impact. In other words, if somehow I can get rid of my data center and move to a cloud, all my financial problems are over! Like everything else in life, it isn't that simple.
Many issues come into perspective when you're evaluating the economics of the cloud:
The data center itself isn't static; it changes constantly.
Not every workload is more economical in the cloud.
Emerging technologies make some decisions more complicated.
In this chapter, we discuss the cloud from an economic perspective.
Cloud computing capabilities aren't easily replicated in the traditional data center. Cloud computing can easily handle the following types of situations:
Your organization is ramping up for a new but short-term initiative and you temporarily need some extra CPU capacity and extra storage.
You're a startup and want to create an online presence without spending money on hardware or software, so you use a cloud-based platform to get started.
You decide that running sales automation is much simpler with a Software as a Service solution. (See Chapter 12 for more about Software as a Service.)
You're changing your email system and decide that selecting a massively scaled application service in the ...