The Economics of Cloud Computing

The Economics of Cloud Computing

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The Economics of Cloud Computing An Overview for Decision Makers Bill Williams Foreword by George Reese, author of Cloud Application Architectures The decision-makera€™s guide to cloud computing: from making the case to managing the transition This concise book delivers the insight and tools you need to make intelligent decisions about cloud computing and effectively manage the transition to this new paradigm. Bill Williams explains how cloud computing platforms are transforming business IT and helps you fully understand the economies of scale and other benefits associated with a€œthe cloud.a€ Williams defines and explains cloud computing platforms and technologies, analyzes the costs associated with the IT supply chain, and (using industry standard metrics) creates a process for measuring the value of implementing cloud service models. He presents realistic and up-to-date ROI and NPV calculations comparing cloud strategies with conventional investments in owned/leased hardware. Through additional examples, he addresses costs and savings related to software licensing and disaster recovery/high availability, offering even deeper practical insight into the financial impact of cloud computing. Writing for business leaders and a€œin-the-trenchesa€ managers, Williams outlines the impact of cloud computing on the IT supply chain by contrasting legacy processes and systems with cloud computing implementations. To simplify deployment, Williams presents easy-to-use tables, a decision-maker checklist, and a comprehensive collection of additional resources for further study. Am Understand todaya€™s leading cloud service and deployment models Am Identify the major characteristics of cloud computing platforms Am Use key performance/success indicators to measure IT performance and influence business strategies Am Quantify the baseline costs of your current IT value chain Am Use TCO, the payback method, ROI, NPV, and other metrics to justify cloud deployments Am Calculate the total financial impact of migrating to a€œthe clouda€ Am Place cloud computing in the historical context of technological revolutions Am Recognize the long-term social and global benefits of cheap and ubiquitous computing This volume is in the Network Business Series offered by Cisco PressAr. Books in this series provide IT executives, decision makers, and networking professionals with pertinent information about todaya€™s most important technologies and business strategies.However, with the certification of major software platforms such as Oracle and SAP on Amazon Web Services, those timelines are quickly becoming compressed.26 If we look at the cycles and timelines outlined by Perez, we can estimate thatanbsp;...

Title:The Economics of Cloud Computing
Author:Bill Williams
Publisher:Cisco Press - 2012-06-25


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