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The Economics of Cloud Computing: An Overview for Decision Makers (Network Business)
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The Economics of Cloud Computing
An Overview for Decision Makers
Foreword by George Reese, author of Cloud Application Architectures
The decision-maker’s guide to cloud computing: from making the case to managing the transition
This concise book delivers the insight and tools you need to make intelligent decisions about cloud computing and effectively manage the transition to this new paradigm. Bill Williams explains how cloud computing platforms are transforming business IT and helps you fully understand the economies of scale and other benefits associated with “the cloud.”
Williams defines and explains cloud computing platforms and technologies, analyzes the costs associated with the IT supply chain, and (using industry standard metrics) creates a process for measuring the value of implementing cloud service models. He presents realistic and up-to-date ROI and NPV calculations comparing cloud strategies with conventional investments in owned/leased hardware. Through additional examples, he addresses costs and savings related to software licensing and disaster recovery/high availability, offering even deeper practical insight into the financial impact of cloud computing.
Writing for business leaders and “in-the-trenches” managers, Williams outlines the impact of cloud computing on the IT supply chain by contrasting legacy processes and systems with cloud computing implementations. To simplify deployment, Williams presents easy-to-use tables, a decision-maker checklist, and a comprehensive collection of additional resources for further study.
· Understand today’s leading cloud service and deployment models
· Identify the major characteristics of cloud computing platforms
· Use key performance/success indicators to measure IT performance and influence business strategies
· Quantify the baseline costs of your current IT value chain
· Use TCO, the payback method, ROI, NPV, and other metrics to justify cloud deployments
· Calculate the total financial impact of migrating to “the cloud”
· Place cloud computing in the historical context of technological revolutions
· Recognize the long-term social and global benefits of cheap and ubiquitous computing
This volume is in the Network Business Series offered by Cisco
Press®. Books in this series provide IT executives, decision makers, and networking professionals with pertinent information about today’s most important technologies and business strategies.
This concise book provides decision makers with the insight and practical tools they need to make intelligent decisions about cloud computing and manage an effective migration to this new paradigm. Cisco's Bill Williams explains why much of what businesses now know about information technology will change dramatically over the next five years, and helps executives anticipate and prepare for tomorrow's radically new environment. Williams briefly explains the storage, compute, and network platforms and technologies associated with the emergence of cloud computing, analyzes the cost curves involved, and links them to standard industry metrics. His up-to-date examples utilize return-on-investment (ROI) and net present value (NPV) to measure the impact of investing in owned/leased hardware vs. purchasing cloud-based resources. Software licensing, disaster recovery and high availability, and capacity planning examples highlight additional decision points, further illuminating the financial impact of cloud computing. The Economics of Cloud Computing walks through every step associated with a successful cloud transition, and outlines repeatable processes for predictable, consistent IT performance in cloud environments. Readers will find easy-to-understand tables and graphs, as well as a set of templates and guides for migrating to cloud services. These useful and up-to-date tools are also provided for download at a companion website.
About the Author
Bill Williams is a Cisco Regional Sales Manager focused on data center technologies in the Service Provider market. He is author of The Business Case for Storage Networks, a guide to quantifying the business value of storage networking technologies that has become a field sales manual for sales teams at Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and EMC Corporation. Williams holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School at. A 13-year Cisco veteran, he holds a U.S. Patent for content networking.
Table of Contents
Preface: What is Cloud Computing? Cloud Computing Defined
1. The Long View: Why Cloud Computing Matters
2. What You Need to Know: Metrics that Matter
3. The Near Term: The Move to the Cloud
4. The Cloud Economy: Impact of Utility Computing
5. Summary: Examples and Case Study Briefs
Appendix A. Cloud Computing Glossary
Appendix B. Decision-Maker's Checklist
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