Interesting article and I agree with you on a majority of what you have said, but I would be a bit sceptical with the Pros you listed. Please don???t take me for being in the cloud is evil crowd. I just like to use the right solution for my clients, this has included cloud based services. The comments below are just issues that I have found when using a Cloud based service.
Money: this really depends on the service provider. Depending on the cost, it may actually be cheaper to host it yourself over a 3-5 year period. As for the maintenance it is built into your service charge, but you are reliant on them to do it correctly and with minimal disruption to your operations. Then again this is all dependant on your operations and what you are doing. If I needed just to put up 1 web-server then it would make sense to go to the cloud for that.
Time: There is the length of time it may take to get a server up and running. Do you need a PO, and then they will spin up the machine once it is purchased? Will there need to be an adjustment to a contract? I???ve seen it take over a week to get a server up and running because of issues like this.
Scale: I would agree with you, that you can easily scale your infrastructure and grow as you need.
When working with any service provider you really should find a company that is going to work with you and support your business needs. Be pro-active, responsive and act as a partner rather than a company that is just providing a service.
I wish everyone used the right solution for their clients. Crikey, what a mass of man hour grief that would have saved over the years. Do you have any examples of how you eased your clients pain by picking a cloud service provider?
Funny, I've been hearing a lot of cloud for a while now, but I have yet to see anyone mention the fact that the number one reason everyone has their own computer now is that in the days of mainframes, when the mainframe went down, everyone connected to it went with it. Murphy's law was made for IT. It is amazing how often I want to look at something on a bank web site, only to be greeted with a message like "Sorry...[excuse]...try again later." It even happens on FB. When everything I do on my computer depends on the cloud (including the applications I do it with - e.g., Word, Excel), I can no longer depend on being able to do something immediately. The vision of the cloud that I'm seeing everywhere sounds very much like a global mainframe; effectively defeating the very reason we all have computers. Is the similarity between "cloud" and "smoke" an accident?
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