Capital expenditure (CAPEX) versus operating expenses (OPEX)

The financial considerations for moving to the cloud are as important as the technical ones, and it is important for architects and technical cloud folks to understand these so that we don't sound dumb while discussing these at cocktail party conversations with the business guys.

  • CAPEX refers to a large upfront spend of money used to get an asset (an asset is a resource that will yield benefits over time, not just in the current period)
  • OPEX refers to smaller, recurring spends of money for current period benefit

Now, that the last line in the previous image makes clear the big ...

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