Managed Cloud Services: Build vs. Rent

Should  you build your own cloud computing system or simply leverage a third party cloud service? The answer to that question depends on which managed service provider you ask.

Terremark, a managed service provider in Miami, built its own cloud in its own datacenters, notes Fredric Paul at But I have to wonder: How many small MSPs could afford to build a similar data center and cloud service? And why not leverage such existing cloud services as:

My goal isn't to "endorse" existing cloud services. Rather, to raise the point that the market will soon saturate with third-party, pre-built cloud systems that MSPs can evaluate and leverage for a monthly fee.

With all the third-party cloud services coming online, does it really pay for MSPs to build their own?

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