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Profiling the Public Cloud Buyer

The key question is cloud service is the right fit for your specific jobs, whether today or in a few years, and what you should do to prepare.

In the 10+ years that RampRate has advised buyers of IT infrastructure services, few technology options have been as polarizing as “the cloud.”  In some organizations, a public deployment is viewed as an immature technology if not a passing fad, with any cloud outage eliciting a chorus of “I told you so.” In others, it is a panacea that appears at the end of every strategic roadmap for every application.

The true position is at neither extreme. Public cloud computing is a tool for a job, which fits some buyers and projects today, and will fit more of them as both technologies and application development practices continue to mature. It is the heir to many technologies that were initially viewed with an equal measure of skepticism and enthusiasm in the past – from co-location to content delivery networks to virtualization technologies rebranded by some suppliers as “private clouds”.

The key question is not whether it is a great technology or a flawed one – it’s both, particularly flawed when misapplied – but what service is the right fit for your specific jobs, whether today or in a few years, and what you should do to prepare.