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Understanding Cloud Computing Costs: Expert Tips

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When cloud computing first started gaining significant enterprise adoption around 2010 or so, it was hailed as a cost saver over in-house datacenters. And perhaps it still is, long term. Yet many industry pundits now praise cloud as a more effective, flexible system that offers competitive advantages, and requires greater expense. Whatever the case, the many costs of cloud cause companies no small amount of confusion. To provide guidance, I spoke with Kim Weins, VP of Marketing at Rightscale. Weins is widely regarded as a top expert in the costs of cloud computing. 

The topics we covered:

1) The question is complex and can't be answered, yet I'll ask it anyway: which major cloud vendor is the "cheapest," AWS, Azure or Google Cloud?

2) Cloud costs seem quite complicated. Do most companies fully understand their cloud cost structure?

3) Cloud providers offer an array of next-gen tools like artificial intelligence and machine learning. How do these tools influence comparing cloud costs?

4) The cloud market is often said to be in a "race to the bottom" price-wise. What do you see for the future of cloud costs?

Please join us for an in-depth discussion about cloud computing.

Kim Weins 

VP of Marketing, Rightscale



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