The recent price cutting from the big public cloud vendors (Google, Amazon, Microsoft) has re-energized the familiar debate about which is more cost-effective: using a public cloud service, or doing it yourself?
While any intelligent answer involves a healthy amount of “it depends”, I found myself thinking about another time and place — where we as an industry were debating the merits of outsourcing vs. keeping IT operations in-house.
Then as now, the primary argument for outsourcing was economic. A lot of people took the bait — but it didn’t always work out well.
Of course, things are certainly different in 2014 — but are they all that different?