Gartner Research

Devising a Cloud Exit Strategy: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Published: 28 March 2013

ID: G00247136

Analyst(s): Drue Reeves , Kyle Hilgendorf


Savvy organizations that leverage cloud computing realize risk management is part of the game. They expect the unexpected. Hence, they have a comprehensive cloud strategy, including purposefully devised exit plans, before the first application or byte of data is hosted in the public cloud.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Form a Cloud Event Triage Team
    • Segment Applications and Providers
    • Define a List of Unacceptable Conditions
    • Maintain a List of Exit Plan Templates and Lessons
  • Phase 1: Exit Strategizing
    • Document Unacceptable Application-Level Conditions
    • Assess Technical, Business and Financial Dependencies
    • Identify, Evaluate and Select Alternative Providers
    • Prepare for Business Continuity
  • Phase 2: Exit Planning
    • Consider Many Exit Plan Components
    • Follow Best Practices
    • Share the Exit Plan
  • Phase 3: Exit Acceptability and Viability
    • Determine Event Acceptability
    • Determine Exit Viability
    • Document Exit Decision
  • Phase 4: Exit Execution
    • Confirm Exit Plan
    • Determine Exit Path and Communicate
    • Commence the Exit
    • Eradicate Cloud Remnants
    • Sever Provider Relationship(s)
    • Create New Exit Plan and Document Lessons
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

Recommended Reading

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