Cloud Computing: Don't Build Your Own Private Cloud in 2012: 10 Reasons Why

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-18 Print this article Print


Kids play with building blocks so they can build whatever their imagination conceives. Similarly, use of public cloud computing services enable an enterprise to select what it needs, when it's needed. It can select an intranet as a platform, and add email and CRM, email marketing tools, financial services and any number of other apps. Use and pay for only what the company needs with little or no hardware necessary.
There are usually two or more sides to every story. There's the angle that comes from the originator of the story, and then there can be multiple additional perspectives. The world of cloud computing is no exception. While enterprises continue to build hybrid and private clouds that still require buying and implementing hardware and software, there are a number of reasons for some companies not to "roll their own" clouds. It all depends upon the IT requirements of the enterprise, to be sure. In this eWEEK slide show we provide a contrarian position with reasons NOT to build a cloud system. In the interest of full disclosure, these reasons are being provided by a cloud-service provider, InfoStreet . Realizing that InfoStreet's view can certainly be viewed as self-serving, we present them here as a foundation for possible discussion. Our information provider is Marcy Hoffman, vice president of demand generation at InfoStreet, which provides such cloud applications as virus-protected and spam-free email, email archiving, shared calendars, tasks, customer relationship management, file sharing, knowledge base, and portals.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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