My Cloud Learning Journey: “The cloud for each size of business” – Part 6.2
I don’t want to be accused of favoritism but I found it absolutely necessary to do a second blog based on my first blog with Owen Rogers, Director of Digital Economics Unit at 451 Research. It was not that I was simply unable to squeeze all the stuff we talked about into one post, the issue was rather that our conversation had two separate strands. The first, which I discussed in my previous blog, was about how cloud economics is not a matter of exact calculations of costs but about the assessment of financial risk. The second part of our conversation was the hot topic of when the cloud makes economic sense for different companies.
What led me to this conversation was something of a “he said, she said” scenario. I’ve talked to half a dozen cloud experts over the course of the last few weeks and there doesn’t seem to be a unified opinion on exactly when each type of cloud solution makes sense. Here are the different opinions I have heard:
1. Size matters
There are those who claim that size is the only real differentiator when it comes to cloud solutions. SMBs will need a public cloud, as it minimizes their CAPEX costs and means they can quickly scale up or cut off the supply when necessary. Bigger companies will need a hybrid solution, with temporary/fluctuating data in the cloud and predictable compute onsite. Enterprises will choose a private cloud almost every time and it will always be cheaper. One of our higher ups in HPE was giving a presentation to us only last week in which she used the terms “small and big baskets”, which Owen himself coined when he developed the Cloud Pricing Index. Our leader’s suggestion was that any enterprise would choose over 90% private cloud with just a small amount in the public option.
Read the entire article here, My Cloud Learning Journey: Part 6.2 “The cloud for each size of business”
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