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To move or not to move to the cloud is not the only question companies need to ask when considering the bottom line, as 10-year-old Australian company Hipages found out.

The Sydney-based home improvement directory has transitioned most of its IT systems from its own hardware to Amazon's public cloud – Amazon Web Services – but hasn't quite turned off its in-house capability.

Although many organisations are adopting cloud as a solution to the capex-opex conundrum, Hipages vice-president of engineering, Chris Iona, said it was still cheaper to keep some processing tasks in-house.

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