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Cloud Computing versus On-Premise: Cloud has MindShare, but will be with Us for Some Time

By Dick Weisinger

Businesses of all sizes are discovering that use of the cloud has benefits, chief of which may be cost benefits, but there are also benefits of quick and easy scalability, and no need to make large up-front investments in hardware and software. An annual survey by Software Advice found that between 2008 and 2014 businesses flipped in their preferences between cloud and on-premise.  In 2008, 88 percent preferred on-premise, but by 2014, 87 percent said that they preferred the cloud. 

But that’s not to say that migration to the cloud is always the best solution for every business or that on-premise solutions will be gone any time soon. IDC, for example, forecasts that in 2020 the data center will still account for 50 percent of IT infrastructure spending.

Samir Shah, chief of staff at Baselayer Technology, told TechTarget SearchCloudComputing that “the trend across the enterprise landscape is for CIOs to outline a strategy to move or migrate to the cloud. We’ve seen public cloud migrations where expenses escalate upward post-launch based on unanticipated utilization.”

Arun Chandrasekaran, Gartner analyst, said that “there are potential reasons for disappointment with a cloud move, and the primary one is cost.”

 

 

 

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