The Economics of Cloud Computing

The Economics of Cloud Computing : An Overview For Decision Makers

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The Economics of Cloud ComputingAn Overview for Decision Makers Bill WilliamsForeword 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 CiscoPress (R). Books in this series provide IT executives, decision makers, and networking professionals with pertinent information about today's most important technologies and business strategies.
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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables
  • 1587143062
  • 9781587143069
  • 2,546,658

About Bill Williams

Bill Williams is a 16-year information technology veteran. Fourteen of those years have been with Cisco Systems, where he has held several leadership positions. Currently, Bill is a regional manager for data center and virtualization technologies, covering the service provider market segment. In 2008, 2010, and 2011, Bill lead the top-producing service provider regions in the United States and Canada. In 2010, Bill won the Manager Excellence award. Bill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds master's degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Bill also holds U.S. Patent 7260590 for a content delivery application. The Economics of Cloud Computing is Bill's second book for Cisco Press. The Business Case for Storage Networks was published in 2004. Bill lives with his wife and children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Table of contents

Foreword Introduction Chapter 1 What Is Cloud Computing?-The Journey to CloudCloud Computing DefinedNIST Definition of Cloud ComputingCharacteristics of CloudsCloud Service Models Software as a Service Infrastructure as a Service Platform as a ServiceCloud Deployment Models Private Cloud Community Cloud Public Cloud Hybrid CloudConclusionChapter 2 Metrics That Matter-What You Need to KnowBusiness Value Measurements Indirect Metrics Total Cost of Ownership Direct Metrics Other Direct MetricsConclusionChapter 3 Sample Case Studies-Applied MetricsTotal Cost of OwnershipSoftware Licensing: SaaS TCO with Software as a Service Software as a Service Cost ComparisonDisaster Recovery and Business Continuity: IaaS Cost-Benefit Analysis for Server Virtualization Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (IaaS) SummaryPlatform as a ServiceConclusionChapter 4 The Cloud Economy-The Human-Economic Impact of Cloud ComputingTechnological Revolutions and Paradigm ChangeThe Course of Human Development The United Nations Human Development IndexCloud Computing as an Economic Enabler Cloud Computing and UnemploymentCloud Computing and the Environment Meritocratic Applications of Cloud Computing Alternative Metrics and Measures of WelfareThe Economic Future of Cloud ComputingConclusionAppendix A ReferencesAppendix B Decision-Maker's ChecklistGlossary 9781587143069 TOC 5/29/2012
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