Just How Cheap Can Public Cloud Computing Get?

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The public cloud is cheap and set to get even cheaper, but how much you save depends upon how you manage it.

Public cloud computing is all the rage, and cost is a big driver. It’s not the only driver, mind you, or even the top reason that developers turn to the public cloud, which is primarily about development agility. Still, cost is a serious consideration nudging enterprises to forsake building out data centers to rent space in Amazon, Rackspace, Google or others’ clouds.

Given this, just how low can public cloud pricing go?

Cheap And Getting Cheaper

Pretty darn low, if Bernard Golden’s analysis is correct. Golden looks at hardware and software infrastructure, Internet bandwidth, energy, labor and cost of capital and finds public cloud trumps data center in every category. That cost savings isn’t small, either:

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