What the Cloud Really Costs: Do You Know?

14 ways CIOs under estimate the costs of cloud computing

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And precisely because customers are crying out for reassurances about the security of cloud services, service providers will invest in making them secure—at the same time many enterprises are cutting back on information-security investments. “The idea that data sitting on a server in my server room is more secure [than in the cloud] is disingenuous,” says Hugos. Underlying the argument, he says, are IT professionals trying “to convince the suits not to outsource my job.”

Because many technology managers have a vested interest in fending off this wave of change, CIOs need to turn a gimlet eye on their staffs (and their own) cost projections, Hugos says. “I would give my estimate to a bunch of hard-nosed accounting and finance guys and see what they say about it.”

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