Cloud Computing: How Is It Both Affordable and Agile?

June 19, 2013
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By Bernard Golden (from CIO.)

“When I was a kid, Miller Lite ran an endless series of commercials in which former sports greats debated the merits of the beer. One would assert that the best thing about the beer is its smooth, rich flavor. No, the other would respond, the best thing about the beer is that it’s light. They’d go back and forth:

“Tastes great!”
“Less filling!”
“Tastes great!”
“Less filling!”

This would go on until the voiceover announcer would settle the matter by noting that what’s really great about Miller Lite was that it’s less filling and it tastes great. In other words, it was special because, unlike every other beer on the planet, it could square the circle and deliver two previously incompatible characteristics. What was fantastic about Miller Lite was that it combined two contradictory qualities: flavor and low calories.

I’m reminded of those commercials when I hear people talk about cloud computing benefits. One person will say that cloud computing is less expensive than traditional IT, contending that on-demand pricing, efficient provisioning and scale make it possible for cloud providers to deliver IT capability much less expensively than established practices.”

The rest of this article may be found here.

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