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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. The authors believe the best way to form this vision is to understand the underlying economics driving the long-term trend. This paper will assess the economics of the cloud by using in-depth modeling. The authors then use this framework to better understand the long-term IT landscape.
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