Too often, we at White Raven have spoken to our peers in the industry who have complained about the sticker shock of moving to the cloud. Matthew Shooshtari has written an article discussing this phenomenon, and we wanted to expand ever so slightly on it.
As a long-term infrastructure manager, it bears (in my opinion) pointing out that we not forget that the cloud isn’t some magical thing that makes cost go away – it is still a hosted service, running on a large-scale implementation designed to take advantage of the lowered cost of ownership that scale provides. Still, hardware costs money, data centers cost money, good security practices cost money, and the expertise to keep your environment running and innovative costs money. It is important that we remember that when scoping out/weighing the costs of going to the cloud, and that we think carefully about what makes the most sense for YOUR situation. While it IS rare now that a local installation/private cloud makes the most sense, there are times where it is still the best option – even for a small to medium enterprise, and a hybrid solution is more often the best answer for many.
Take a look at Matthew’s take on all this here: