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September 2017, Vol. 6. No. 8

Weigh the pros and cons of cloud computing

As businesses increasingly assess whether to move their applications to the public cloud, third-party tools have emerged to aid in the decision-making process and to ease complex migrations. These products can help, but IT professionals will still need to think through the pros and cons of cloud computing for their specific workloads. "Most companies, not just industry market leaders, are at least thinking about moving all of their applications to the public cloud," said Robert Christiansen, vice president and cloud adoption practice lead at Cloud Technology Partners, a cloud services and software company. While public cloud is gaining traction because of its flexibility and cost, the technology is not suited for all applications. Moving to the public cloud has become quite common. In fact, market researcher Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) found in a spring 2017 survey that 19% of on-premises applications will move to a public cloud within the next 12 months. Still, it's critical to weigh the pros and cons of cloud ...

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