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Why we’re still talking about TCO, but for the cloud

Reprinted from Infoworld, January 10, 2018 - author, Tim Lebel The bottom line for cloud TCO is that it’s not about cloud at all. It’s about your business and the applications your business depends on to stay competitive. In the late 1980s, Gartner popularized the term “total cost of ownership” (TCO) to define the long-term cost of maintenance in addition to the upfront price of an enterprise technology. Microsoft began using TCO as a key metric to show that although an open-source alternative, Linux, was free to adopt, it could lead to highe r costs as more deeply skilled teams would need to manage and troubleshoot Linux over the long term. Fast forward 30 years—our technology is more advan

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