|By William McBorrough||
|May 25, 2010 07:00 AM EDT||
As more vendors dive into the cloud computing market, every possible claim regarding the supposed benefits of moving to a cloud-based service is being made. I ran across an article titled ” Why Cloud-based Monitoring is more reliable and secure than Nagios. ” The author, who represented a cloud-based network monitoring company, contended that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model offered by his company was better for companies than Nagios and other open source products.
The question is not Cloud Computing vs. Open Source. In fact, there are open source SaaS providers like MindTouch out there. If considering a product like Nagios, a better comparison would be open source vs. commercial. In many cases, cost is the determining factor for companies to look to open source technologies. Other considerations include flexibility and security.
The more relevant comparison would be hosting and managing a network monitoring system on site vs. moving to a SaaS provider. For many organizations, IT is considered overhead and not the primary function of the organization. Companies move to the cloud for most of the same reasons companies out-source. Can someone else do it better for less? Cost is usually the easier consideration. Companies have to grapple with the ‘better’. Does it mean more security, availability, capacity, support? Many cloud providers would say ‘yes’ to all and then some. That may be true in some regard. Organizations have to really consider and make that determination themselves. Make a real comparison between their options and not just follow the typical vendor hype.
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