Cloud computing is rapidly becoming an essential part of the way companies and organizations do

business. You don’t want your own organization to be left behind, so that means migrating all of your

applications to a cloud-based environment. But does it really?


First of all, there’s one thing that people tend to forget about the applications that they use, and that’s

that they are only a means to an end. What’s essential is not the application itself, but the workload

that it allows you to accomplish. And not all workloads can be migrated effectively along with the

applications that they’re attached to. This leads to sacrificing important functionality and ending up with

a bare bones version of the application, whose only real benefit is that it can be accessed remotely.


Not all applications are suited for cloud migration. Some work better on a local server. So the important

question to ask is, not which applications, but which workloads are good candidates for migration to

the cloud? Here are several different types of scenarios to help shed some light on that issue.

Perhaps the biggest discussion when it comes to economic scenarios in the cloud is that of Capital

Expenditures (Capex) vs. Operating Expenditures (Opex). Capex is money that you spend on an

asset that adds value to it for the foreseeable future. Having and maintaining your own data center is

considered a Capex, since the servers are assets, and servicing and improving them makes them work

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