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Study: Cloud isn't as cheap, easy as expected

KPMG finds that security challenges and architecture changes take more resources than anticipated.
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A new study by KPMG International confirms what many IT departments have learned the hard way: cloud computing isn't as cheap and easy as it's often made out to be. Vendor puffery suggesting that moving to the cloud eliminates complexity has only added to the difficulties, reports Ellen Messmer at NetworkWorld.

KPMG found that two of the biggest reasons for migrating to the cloud were to simplify entry into new markets and to facilitate process transformation.

Unfortunately, for a third of the 650 businesses reviewed, the move was more expensive than they anticipated. What they hadn't expected were the security challenges and the need to make substantial changes in their business and IT architectures.

Businesses discovered late in the game that changes had to be made in IT management, systems integration, business processes and infrastructure. More than a few suggested that the hype out of the vendor community prompted their misconceptions.

For more:
- see Ellen Messmer's article at NetworkWorld

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