If you’ve been in the information technology industry a while, you’ve probably noticed that new projects, which in the past would have been built inside the corporate network, are now being designed for the cloud. Organizations are even moving some legacy systems from on-premises servers to shared hosting providers, and it’s easy to understand why: by moving to the cloud, they can reduce capital expenditures on server hardware and run lean. In other words, companies only need to pay for the capacity in use, and they can quickly scale up resources if a new service becomes an overnight success. Of course, there are tradeoffs, and the ...

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