Let’s start by talking about scale – do you have an oil well in your backyard – with a refinery to crack your own gasoline? Why should every school district run its own data center or manage its own hardware to offer services? Even LAUSD or NYC don’t have enough scale!
Check out Cloud Computing Economies of Scale for an excellent discussion on how really efficient data centers are built. James Hamilton – who is a VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon is worth watching as he delivers an extremely accessible analysis of where efficiency arises. Share this with your favorite Physics, Math, or Economics teacher because the talk is clear and is a real-world example.