Software Project Comparison: Conventional Development Approach versus Cloud Computing

Wook-Sung Yoo and Ravindra Kollapu


Software Engineering, Cloud Computing, PaaS, SaaS


The corporate world is moving towards cloud computing rapidly in order to reap the potential economic benefits of reduced costs, infrastructure assets, and resources. This paper examines the advantages of cloud computing by comparing it to more conventional software development techniques. Specifically, this paper presents a side-by-side comparison of the effort and resources required to build a software tool using: (1) a conventional development solution using .NET framework with an SQL Server database and (2) a cloud computing vendor service solution using This comparison allows us to understand the concept of using cloud computing and to determine where cloud computing is most beneficial to clients from the perspective of ease of development, lower production costs, and lower maintenance costs.

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