With the increasing uptake of cloud adoption and research, there are a lot of people asking the questions:

  • What is Cloud?
  • Where is it?
  • Who can I get it from?
  • How secure is it?

For those well versed, there is a lot of in depth investigation, questions, concerns, and in some cases bewilderment at the prospect of cloud.

The big question, after the dust has settled, is “what will it cost me?”

This is a very loaded question.  The cost of cloud, can be measured in hard dollars spent on the service, it can be measured in cost savings, efficiency, increased productivity, innovation or market competitiveness.  But in a lot of cases this isn’t where the savings end.  The tricky part is that there are a lot of shoppers that don’t see past the hard dollars spent on the service.

The Cloud engine does still have a ways to go in order to show this value on paper – and get businesses to understand the value of what lies within.

Now to my point about not all clouds being alike.  Clouds all have different services, different styles of service, expertise, web pages, portals, support, and security to name a few.  The key is finding what matches your organization, your business culture, and your budget.  I liken it to buying a car.  If people bought cars the way they buy cloud, we would all be driving the cheapest vehicles on the road, and sharing them with anybody else that owns one.  One size fits all – in a way. We would walk into car dealerships and say “the guy across the street is selling a car with 4 wheels and 4 doors, comes with 4 windows and an engine.. and he’s thousands cheaper than you..”  We all know what the reaction would be to that.   But when purchasing a vehicle, we compare all sorts of options, make, model, engine size, color, features, safety, warranty, and service.  This allows us to make an informed decision, a decision that meets our needs and requirements, and one that we will be happy with.  It’s an investment in the future, and one that should not be taken lightly, or made without looking at the big picture.

At the end of the day, you do get what you pay for.  Lets look at the big picture and all those beautiful clouds.


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