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Does the world really need another blog about the cloud?
Here at Everest Group we believe the answer is a resounding yes.
The “signal to noise” ratio around the cloud is reaching a fever pitch. In fact, the hype alone has driven most enterprises to dip their toe in the water with initial pilots and “experiments.” While moving dev / test environments to the cloud is a good thing, we believe most enterprises should be moving faster and smarter.
What’s missing in the current market conversation about the cloud?
Real, data-driven perspectives on the true ROI and business impact enterprises can expect to see, and in many cases are seeing from the cloud. In what scenarios do IAAS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) or StaaS (Storage-as-a-Service) offerings make sense in a given enterprise, and from which vendor? Can IAAS and cloud services make sense today even if data center assets are fully depreciated? Can 90 percent of the economic benefits of the cloud be captured via private cloud and virtualization? Or is there more on the table to be gained? While opinions on these topics abound, fact-based analysis is hard to find. And we think the answers might surprise you.
Our goal with “Gaining Altitude in the Cloud” is to create a forum to help enterprise decision-makers, cloud service providers and technology infrastructure vendors better understand the underlying customer economics driving cloud adoption dynamics. Our blog will take a comprehensive view and look across enterprise-class cloud services and major vendors in the areas of:
We’ll be featuring best practices, case studies and insights and analysis on how cloud and other next generation IT technologies and services are driving fundamental changes in the economics of IT. By providing customer-centric, vendor-neutral analysis of cloud economics, we hope to inject a much better fact base into the market conversation.
We’re looking forward to the discussion – we hope you are as well!