March 7, 2013 – The cloud should not be viewed as a panacea for infrastructure ills or struggling IT, but there are ways to assess workloads ahead of time to find the most from your cloud investment, according to a report released today from Saugatuck Technology.

In “Understanding Cloud Infrastructure Costs: Navigating for Savings,” lead author and Saugatuck analyst Charlie Burns gives a framework for general expectations with various cloud offerings and workloads, with caution that a switch to cloud infrastructure does not automatically result in savings. From a high-level view, all true cost reductions and savings in a switch to the cloud are dependent on:

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