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IDC PeerScape: Cloud Computing Practices for Selecting the Right IaaS Vendor

IDC PeerScape: Cloud Computing Practices for Selecting the Right IaaS Vendor

This IDC PeerScape identifies four leading practices to help approach the selection and adoption of IaaS as part of the overall cloud strategy. IaaS is a major component of any enterprise cloud adoption strategy. Selecting what workloads to host in a public or private cloud is a major decision. Furthermore, selecting the right vendor for each workload is another complex decision. "Much of the public cloud IaaS adoption has been ad hoc, and there is still a relatively low level of maturity across enterprise organizations on how to best adopt public cloud IaaS solutions — especially when it comes to using multiple public cloud platforms alongside their existing on-premises infrastructure," says Erik Berggren, vice president of Research, Cloud Strategies, with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "The companies that are doing this right are taking a long-term view with a strategically anchored foundation for the transition and clear long-term objectives and goals regarding needs and expectations from the public cloud platforms. Further, they take a structured comprehensive approach to the transition, catering for skill set buildup, process evolution, and reinforcement of new frameworks."


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Practice 1: Build on Existing Initiatives for Simplicity
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Practice 2: Reduce Vendor Lock-In
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Practice 3: Reduce Cost by Letting Workload Requirements Drive Selection
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Practice 4: Select a Vendor Based on Your Talent Strategy
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