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Amazon Web Services: The Total Cost of (Non) Ownership of Web Applications in the Cloud (for Public Sector Customers)

Oct 04, 2012


Weighing the financial considerations of owning and operating a data center facility versus employing a cloud infrastructure requires detailed and careful analysis. In practice, it is not as simple as just measuring potential hardware expense alongside utility pricing for compute and storage resources. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is often the financial metric used to estimate and compare direct and indirect costs of a product or a service. Given the large differences between the two models, it is challenging to perform accurate apples-to-apples cost comparisons between on-premises data centers and cloud infrastructure that is offered as a service. In this whitepaper, see how three public sector agencies are saving costs by deploying a web application in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud versus deploying an equivalent web application hosted in an on-premises data center.