Gartner Research

Is Compliance Possible in an Outsourced Virtual Environment?

Published: 14 August 2013

ID: G00251598

Analyst(s): Philip Dawson, Claudio Da Rold, Victoria Barber, Stewart Buchanan

Summary

Organizations that have moved existing workloads to the cloud are discovering that initial business cases fail due to unexpected licensing costs. We describe the critical controls that software asset managers must implement before (not after) cloud moves.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • More frequent license compliance audits are challenging organizations to demonstrate the benefits that supported its original business case moving to the cloud
  • Software vendors' cloud and virtualization unfriendly pricing strategies are reducing their clients' savings from the adoption of lower-cost cloud services
  • As organizations discover the licensing risks and cost of cloud, software licensing is emerging as a significant inhibitor to public cloud adoption and lower cost IT services
  • Conclusion

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