Published: 13 June 2012
Analyst(s): Nik Simpson
Assuming that cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will reduce costs, compared with running a traditional data center, often leads to unpleasant surprises for organizations that don't truly understand cloud or internal costs. However, developing an accurate understanding of these costs is difficult because of the lack of visibility into internal costs, misleading cloud cost calculators, and insufficient understanding of the true costs of running applications in the cloud. This document helps decision makers understand the costs and provides guidance on what costs to measure when comparing internal costs with the public IaaS cloud and how to undertake the comparison.
Summary of Findings
The Gartner Approach
The Guidance Framework
Risks and Pitfalls
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