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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Can you trust "free" services for critical infrastructure?

Free services are good, right? Well maybe....

The consumer space is full of free web services that manage your email, photos and blogs. And the free services are supported by advertising revenue on the back end data assets.

But is the enterprise going to embrace a free service to help with critical archiving or disaster recovery needs? Customers thinking about using a free service for infrastructure need to be wary of the vendors commitment to the service.

Free may seem appealing, but think about the long-term viability of a company that hopes to monetize at some point in the future. They may not make it.

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