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Cost of implementation of the cloud
December 7, 2011 at 11:01 am #147153
Title: CSC Cloud Usage Index
Now that cloud computing has arrived in scores of businesses and governments worldwide, what do experienced cloud users have to say about why they chose this solution — and about the business and IT benefits they’ve achieved? Where have expectations been met, and where have results fallen short? What are users’ current attitudes toward cloud as a result of these experiences? And what details of the global cloud environment emerge when cloud practices are analyzed country by country?
Independent research firm TNS surveyed more than 3,500 cloud computing users in eight countries around the world to find answers to these and other timely questions. The survey focused on capturing user information about outcomes and experiences rather than predictions and intentions. While much remains to be discovered about how cloud can transform enterprises, the findings of the CSCcommissioned Cloud Usage Index are nonetheless informative — and often surprising.
December 7, 2011 at 11:05 am #147158
Related article from Nextgov
If you think you’ll save money with cloud computing, think again
By Joseph Marks 12/06/2011
More than half of organizational users saved little or no money after transitioning to cloud computing, according to a new study, and only 14 percent actually downsized their information technology departments after moving to the cloud.
The findings could concern federal IT officials who have said they would save roughly $5 billion annually by 2015 by transitioning about a quarter of the government’s $80 billion annual IT budget to private, public and hybrid clouds.
About one-fourth of 3,500 public and private organizations recently surveyed reported no savings with cloud computing and about 35 percent saved less than $20,000, according to the study funded by CSC, a major government IT vendor, and conducted by TNS, a market research firm.
December 9, 2011 at 2:16 am #147156
Its simple economics…external cloud providers need to make a profit for their VCs and other investors…the cost curves of private and public clouds are interesting…
Much better to do a private cloud…which is essentially making IT more efficient. I suspect organizations would get a better ROI by increasing IT staff (with appropriate architecture and operational controls) than if they scattered their IT resources and functions into disparate clouds.
Unfortunately, lots of changes are needed in funding, cost accounting, culture, behavior, etc. before private clouds become a reality…human nature gets in the way…just read Machiavelli.
Its on us to change…can we?
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