Mark Imbriaco, Operations at GitHub, kicked off our cloud seminar last night at UKTI in Cambridge. He has a ton of experience with the cloud for companies such as GitHub, Salesforce.com, 37Signals, Heroku and LivingSocial. Mark outlined the 3 reasons why people move to the cloud:
- Save money. Mark debated this one and disagrees that the public cloud will save you money. He's done the math and expenses are 2 ½ times more running in the public cloud – fully loaded. You can see this across the different providers as vendors are no longer differentiating on price. Too many people have done the math to show it’s no longer a cost savings.
- Avoiding IT - Mark still doesn’t see this as the compelling reason to move to the cloud as it's not going to be the reason to say good-bye to your IT staff
- Agility - 100% the reason why people should use the cloud. It is the path to get things done quickly and optimize for growth.