Published: 30 August 2010
Analyst(s): Drue Reeves
Organizations that desire to leverage cloud computing are struggling to determine which applications and IT services are "cloud ready." Part of that determination involves assessing the availability and performance risks associated with hosting the application in the cloud. These risks are difficult to manage, but effective organizations employ solid risk management principles (i.e., accept, avoid, mitigate, and transfer) in order to take advantage of cloud computing's benefits and to create a competitive advantage while reducing their risk profile. In this guidance document, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Drue Reeves lays out a strategy to manage cloud availability and performance risks that can help organizations fully utilize the cloud.
Summary of Findings
The Gartner Approach
The Guidance Framework
Risks and Pitfalls
Recommended Reading and Other Sources
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