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SaaS or On Premise?

[UPDATE] here is an interesting link to an article on "tools of the trade".  What makes it interesting is the number of services that any business might have to decide to build, buy, or host. The pricing is very interesting.

After yet another MacBook Air hardware failure I'm looking at Cloud-9 and Nitrous as my primary IDE. I'm also considering Google's many cloud offerings too.

So the question is going to be... what is the ROI and what is the risk or exposure of going full Cloud?

Hardware - while the cost of the ChromeBox hardware ranges from $170USD to $1500USD it's clear that the more expensive hardware comes with more features (touch, 4G, more memory and disk).

Software - much of the software echo system is the same. There is free, not so free, and commercial software. With the online software most of the good stuff is by subscription. The disturbing part of this is that we tend to hoard software for that split second when it might be called into service. And then it remains dormant for a good long while. Exceptions include google drive and related apps. And if I step into Cloud9 or Nitrous I'll probably have a friend for life.

But what else to I need? I recently used a backup monitoring application... I signed up for the free trial. Watched it backup my google drive. Watched the monitor. And then forgot all about it. It lay dormant for the rest of the trial... and then I cancelled.

Although the internet is practically everywhere... being offline could be a good thing. The idea that my laptop might not work everywhere means that I can return to being in the moment instead of having a disaster recovery plan for every footstep.

** I wonder if Google has a version of ChromeOS that could run as bootcamp?

** take the $1200USD that I paid for my MackBook. Add the time lost when it crashed. Subtract the cost of software and other services. Subtract the time saved by being able to have spare hardware around the house or being able to go to the corner store.

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