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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Perspective: Of power plants and server rooms

Would you want to be responsible for generating your own electricity? Probably not. Soon the question will be do you want to be responsible for managing your own compute infrastructure? Over time you will decide "probably not."
It's not such a leap to anticipate in the coming years managing a Windows server or an email server on Linux might not be the best use of your IT budget given more pressing problems to be solved. Software as a Service, powered by cloud compute infrastructure, is the next big wave of IT innovation rushing to our shores. With cloud compute, you let others manage your base infrastructure and pay for the resources you consume. The costs scale linear to usage, and you can focus on the more value-add applications to your organization's needs.

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