Last Updated Apr 17, 2009 9:12 AM EDT
- The Find: All the hype about the future lying in cloud computing is overblown, say consultants McKinsey, concluding it's still more expensive for big business than traditional data storage.
- The Source: A discussion of McKinsey's report on Silicon Valley Insider.
Silicon Valley Insider summarizes McKinsey's 34-page report (available in its entirety for free download), noting "critically, cloud computing can actually be more expensive for big business than traditional IT solutions. In one 'disguised client example,' McKinsey reported total IT costs would rise 144 percent with a cloud computing approach." Plus, "cloud uptime guarantees lag behind what big businesses can achieve on their own," another strike against the technology.
On the up side, McKinsey did find that cloud computing can be a cost effective solution for startups and small to medium sized business.