Does the Cloud Pay Off?
Public cloud infrastructure, the pay-as-you-use server and storage services sold by the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Rackspace, is getting some serious test-drives this year. About one-fourth of IT execs in our Global CIO Survey say they plan a major project this year to bring the public cloud into their IT infrastructure, compared with just 11% who have such services in place now.
But there's a cloud of doubt hanging over cloud infrastructure. IT execs, especially at big, established companies, are asking themselves: Are these services really less expensive than the capacity provisioned from my own data center?