Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The big company and the cloud

Nick Carr (author of The Big Switch) on the McKinsey cloud research:

The real opportunity that the cloud offers large companies today is as a supplement or complement to their in-house operations rather than as a complete replacement. The cloud model offers a way to gain access to additional computing and storage capacity, particularly to cover fluctuations in demand or carry out a short-term data-crunching exercise, without having to make capital investments in new equipment or hire more workers. The cloud also, of course, provides a way to tap into powerful software-as-a-service applications that can provide substantial savings, not only in equipment and labor but in licensing and maintenance fees, over the cost of installing an in-house application. (The McKinsey analysis ignores those opportunities.)

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The big company and the cloud

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