Cloud providers make their services' costs quite transparent, says CIO.com's Bernard Golden. The trouble is, for most companies, current data center costs remain opaque. Will new tools help?
Most of the organizations that have implemented cloud solutions have done so with an intuitive belief that inexpensive, pay-by-the-use computing must be less expensive than the current asset-heavy, low-automation environment characteristic of most IT organizations. But they've forged ahead, mostly, without real proof.