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April 2010, Vol. 21

The pros and cons of cloud computing migration

Just about every modern business relies on IT to deliver and support critical services that keep the doors open and revenue flowing. But IT is also a huge cost center for modern businesses. Consider that hardware and software must be maintained constantly, added as businesses grow and completely updated every few years. Business data must be protected, secured and guarded against disaster. And everything must be overseen by a trained and experienced IT staff. The emergence of cloud computing may well change this traditional paradigm by providing businesses with subscription or demand-based IT services and infrastructure—treating IT as any other “utility” such as electricity or water. Cloud offerings are available today, but the technology and practices are still evolving. Organizations should consider the pros and cons of cloud computing carefully before making the move to the cloud. Cloud computing migration is about shifting costs A primary benefit to cloud computing migration is cost optimization. Most organizations that ...

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