cloud is no longer an option — it’s inevitable. But cloud strategies differ extensively, based on the context of your organization and investments. drivers such as industry, risk tolerance, and preparation dictate the pace, scope, and technologies you need. However, every cloud strategy should share key activities. This report guides infrastructure and operations (i&O) pros through forrester’s cloud maturity assessment so they can gauge where their firms are on their journeys and discover which core competencies they need to strengthen or develop to enable their pragmatic cloud reality.
This is an update of a previously published report; forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.
However, risk-averse enterprise IT professionals are understandably cautious about simply moving their entire IT portfolio of resources and services into a 100-percent cloud architecture. As with most technology-adoption curves, enterprises have not embraced an “all-or-nothing” paradigm, instead preferring a pragmatic, “evolution, not revolution” approach of cautious incrementalism. This helps them account for their existing investments, custom work, business requirements, and risk posture. Not everything will move to the cloud – at least not in the foreseeable future. That’s why so many IT professionals advocate a so-called “hybrid” approach. But what do we mean by “hybrid” and how do we optimally balance the various components of a hybrid cloud architecture?
Published By: Avocent
Published Date: Aug 22, 2011
Enterprise Management Associates® (EMAT) analysts explore a pragmatic view of data center management in order to deliver the best practices in real-world data centers for over-arching management solutions.
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