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From Rent to Buy with Cloud? Wait a Minute

Will cloud always mean renting, or is there a case to be made for buying?

Piston CTO Josh McKenty predicts a radical shift in the cloud computing space. Building off of his firm’s recent product launch, McKenty — who cofounded Piston in January 2011 — tells IT World that he expects to see a “giant explosion of businesses moving off Amazon Web Services.” Going forward, McKenty says many companies will opt to build their own OpenStack clouds, for example, rather than purchase cloud services.

But as IT World’s Nancy Gohring (rightly) notes, that scenario is unlikely to be the case — or is, at the very least, an over-exaggeration. “McKenty obviously has reason to hope that businesses are moving away from AWS since it could mean more customers for Piston,” Gohring writes.

Rent or buy cloud?

Will cloud always mean renting, or is there a case to be made for buying?

Still, later in the article McKenty argues that cost is another factor that will eventually drive customers away from AWS.

“AWS in this sense is like a crack dealer. The first hit is free,” McKenty tells IT World, adding that as a customer scales cloud-based operations, “Amazon will cost you $80,000 a year for something you can buy for $3,000.”

But AWS is slashing prices all the time. Cloud pundits consistently tout the current delivery model of cloud. After all, why buy expensive infrastructure and incur all the maintenance costs that go along with it when there are so many great cloud providers — AWS and otherwise — to choose from?

So, a mass migration away from AWS? We’re not sold on it.

On Twitter, IT World’s Gohring shares her stance, saying “I can see it makes sense in some scenarios but a mass migration, I don’t think so.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Thoughts on this post? We’re all ears on Twitter @CloudGathering.

By Jake Gardner

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