Large enterprises abandon data centers for the cloud

Sure, it was a cloud computing conference, and maybe the goal remains a bit unrealistic, but at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas last week, the number of enterprises expressing a wish to stop running their own data centers was too big ignore.

Even old-line enterprises companies said they weren’t content to create a foothold in the cloud and stay with a hybrid cloud environment, though that’s the situation many currently find themselves in. No, many are looking to exit the data center business entirely, just as soon as they can manage it.

And from the size and quality of the companies signing on to this stretch goal — think PG&E, Expedia, and to some extent even Goldman Sachs — it seemed clear that they represent only the tip of the iceberg.

PG&E: The cloud is the future

John Nichols, director of enterprise architecture at California utility PG&E — on stage during the event’s Partner Summit keynote, was very clear about his intentions: “We’re excited about getting out of the data center business entirely.”

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