How to build your best cloud strategy
1. Buy only what you'll always use, rent the rest
In this buyer's market, take full advantage of multiyear reserved-capacity contract discounts on known infrastructure needs and scale on demand using your provider’s flexible payment options.
2. Keep administration and security top-of-mind
Your cloud strategy has to align with your application-specific security, performance and compliance and cloud requirements, so it makes sense to include tools for internal and external administrators to maintain consistent governance across your public and private environments.
3. Consider a single hybrid cloud partner
Per Forrester's recommendation, maximize visibility and interoperability by splitting workloads between private and public cloud solutions based on individual requirements.
4. Include an accurate assessment of your DR costs
Unless you're only using the cloud for test/dev, you’ll probably need a high-availability configuration to protect your workloads from cloud service outages. Be sure to keep in mind how enhanced availability might raise your on and off-premises costs.
5. Continue to keep an eye on costs
Control cloud costs and maximize ROI by using a single provider and constantly optimizing application configurations to the ideal mix of on- and off-premises resources.
Build a future-ready cloud strategy
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Source: Based on the Forrester report, "Justify Your Hybird Cloud Future with a Solid Business Case," February 2015.
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