I’m happy to share today that our newest Gartner for Technical Professionals research is out: Devising a Cloud Exit Strategy: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
There is very little published in the industry about how to create a cloud exit strategy or plan. If you search hard, you’ll find some blogs or magazine articles about why a cloud exit strategy is important, but almost nothing in terms of how you put the strategy and plan in place.
Proper risk management includes four pillars: Accept, Avoid, Transfer and Mitigate. For the last pillar, mitigate, customers have many options available: encrypt data, distribute availability, scale horizontally, enlist cloud brokers, implement hybrid architectures, monitor, alert, etc. However, perhaps the ultimate risk mitigation is to have a cloud exit strategy. While we all have faith in the future of cloud computing many events might occur that would warrant an exit from a cloud service including:
- Provider’s services less reliable than advertised in SLAs, contracts or expressed expectations
- Soured relationship with provider
- Change in service levels
- Change of provider ownership
- Change of price
- Change of terms and conditions
- Expiration of enterprise agreement or contract
- Lack of support
- Data, security or privacy breach
- Provider inability to stay competitive with industry features
- Repeated or prolonged outages
- Lack of remuneration for services lost
- Change in your organization’s internal leadership, strategy or corporate direction
And so the remainder of this research focuses on how to put that cloud exit strategy and plan in place. This is where we as GTP take pride, in delivering practical, How-to advice for our clients and it’s a focus for us at this year’s Gartner Catalyst conference in our Cloud Track. Our Cloud Track Theme is “Cloud Services: Moving Past Partial Commitment”. We’ve exhausted the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of cloud computing and for organizations to move past occasional uses of cloud services, we will be delivering how-to advice for:
- Building cloud strategies
- Mitigating cloud risks
- Building and delivering cloud native applications
- Managing and operating cloud applications and assets
- Forging and managing cloud provider relationships
- Building private cloud architectures
- Leveraging Hybrid Cloud solutions
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