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CRN Software Defined Data Center Roundtable: Industry Leaders Sound Off On Software Defined Vs. Public Cloud

Leaders from industry titans HPE, Dell EMC, Veeam and Big Switch Networks discuss the cost of software-defined data centers versus public cloud.

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Peter McKay

Company: Veeam

Title: Co-CEO, President

AWS isn't the cheapest solution. Everybody thinks going to public cloud, going to AWS -- it's cheap. And it's not.

Customers are getting smarter about the costs associated with public cloud. That's number one. Then I think they're realizing that there are certain workloads that just make a lot more sense, and some that absolutely don't. That's the shift, there's more realization. There's more people that have brought more workloads to AWS and Azure, and they're realizing the cost. That's the reality. Then they're saying, 'Okay, based on these workloads, this is a better fit than this in shifting those workloads.' … Now they're coming to the reality of, 'Hey, [public cloud] is becoming a bigger and bigger cost. So maybe we should think about how we do this better.' I think there's a lot of that transition.

 
 
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