This InformationWeek article discusses the increasing demand for application resources, network capacity and services. Kurt Marko notes that priorities should be realigned:
The decision shouldn’t be: Do I build, upgrade or lease data center infrastructure? Rather, it’s: What’s the optimal way to deliver this particular application or IT service? The answer should be based on analysis of requirements, including availability, reliability, security, redundancy, flexibility to meet business and application requirements, compatibility with existing infrastructure and, of course, cost (however you measure that: TCO, opex, capex).