Ping-pong table, fridge, firewall. If all goes according to plan, that's all you'll find in AMAG Pharmaceuticals' data center by year's end."That's my legit goal. We figure that's the best use of the data center by that point," says Nathan McBride, executive director of IT at the Lexington, Mass., company. AMAG's IT needs are more efficiently and cost effectively served by public cloud providers, including infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service than by internal systems and applications, McBride says.
When McBride arrived at AMAG three years ago, his task was to build the growing company's IT department and infrastructure in the cloud. Except for one Microsoft Exchange server sitting, literally, in a broom closet, he had no legacy systems with which to contend.