Over on ZDNet, Larry Dignan has a great blueprint for companies considering a move to the Cloud. A company called Helpstream migrated it's infrastructure to Amazon Web Services over the course of six months while maintaining service all along.
Some projected savings from the move to the Cloud:
- Helpstream will save 100 percent on servers, switches, VPNs and other infrastructure;
- 21 percent on bandwidth, cage space and other Amazon charges;
- 59 percent on monitoring, server administration and in-cage work.
It's becoming more and more clear that the Cloud, and specifically Amazon's Web Services represents a viable deployment model for all kinds of applications. The reduced cost and ease of deployment far outweighs the downsides.
Realistically, enterprises will always have a bit of hardware for local development and QA, but even a 50 percent cost reduction on hardware would be fantastic. And at this point, security is not dramatically different from you would be running yourself in a corporate data center.
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