Here is my first concern: What if the company you choose closes up shop
suddenly tomorrow? Can you recover from that quickly? Usually, hosting a
website/application you still have the code (and hopefully good backups).
You can recover in a couple hours. Can you do that with your other
mission-critical servers?

What I think makes sense "in the cloud" is web servers, email servers, and
file servers. Each, if properly setup and backed up, isn't too big of a deal
if it is down for a couple hours. I think you could save money moving some
things to the cloud, but I can't see not having your own data center for
mission critical servers.

I can't speak so much on the i side.

--
Mike Wills
http://mikewills.me


On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM, Jeff Crosby <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

Brainstorming in management meeting today.

Instead of getting new Power 7 HW to replace our Power 5 HW, is the
state-of-the-universe such that we could entertain putting our i in the
cloud?

What I mean is, no i, no physical windows servers here, it's all out there
somewhere. The only HW here is printers, displays, thin clients, and PC
workstations.

But I still develop in house for it, still configure it, etc.


--
Jeff Crosby
VP Information Systems
UniPro FoodService/Dilgard
P.O. Box 13369
Ft. Wayne, IN 46868-3369
260-422-7531
www.dilgardfoods.com

The opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily the opinion of my
company. Unless I say so.
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