The cloud is obviously growing in popularity, and with this comes the variety of shapes and sizes that it can be packaged into. One of the lowest common denominators to look at when analyzing your cloud options is whether or not they are a product or a service company. Every IT firm under the sun likes to call their services/products ‘solutions’…so you have to do some translation on what it is you are actually buying at the end of the day.
Thus, a way I like to frame it up is: is their core offering a commodity?
How do you know if it’s a commodity? If at the end of the day you are buying storage, computer, and power (and only these items), then it’s a commodity focused cloud. If you are buying a seat or an experience in conjunction with those items, then it’s likely a service centered cloud.
What’s better…a hammer or a screwdriver? It depends on the objective. Both can be right and useful given the situation. For many accounting firms, the cloud is