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December/January issue, Volume 2, Issue 1

When an in-house IT infrastructure wins out over cloud computing

The relationship between cloud computing and in-house IT can seem like the one between a rebellious teenager and an exasperated parent: frequently at odds, and not understanding each other. As the upstart challengers, cloud proponents have aggressively promoted the model as the way forward. There’s nothing wrong with that—there’s no progress against the status quo without strong belief and a willingness to break prevailing assumptions. And it’s working. In the past five years, cloud and virtualization have scored win after win, completely resetting the bar for how flexible, dynamic and efficient IT should be. But there’s also more than a little “If you’re not with us, you’re against us” cliquishness and “It’s cloud or nothing” bravado. The hyperbole tries to consign owned IT infrastructure—i.e., the vast majority of all IT out there, including most of the virtualized infrastructure enterprises have so successfully deployed—to a legacy computing dustbin. If cloudies had a slogan, it would be “Accept no substitutes!” Any efforts ...

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