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