Slideshow: Amazon's Case For Enterprise Cloud Computing
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels takes on 'false cloud' wannabes, challenges common myths and critiques private-cloud alternatives as boiling down to buying, deploying and maintaining servers.
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Agility and speed of deployment is the top reason customer turn to cloud computing, Vogels says, but cost advantages are a close second. More than half the cost of running data centers is tied to the cost of servers (not including power), "so if you want to drive costs down, it's obvious what you have to attack," he says.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.