Gartner Research

Climbing the Cloud Orchestration Curve

Published: 13 January 2014

ID: G00255434

Analyst(s): Alessandro Perilli


Gartner conducted field research on cloud orchestration with 16 IT organizations. While each organization had unique strategies and implementations, many similarities existed. This research summary provides findings and recommendations for enterprise architecture teams orchestrating clouds.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Research Findings

  • Definition
  • Value of Cloud Orchestration
    • Drivers
    • Perceived and Real Benefits
    • Return on Investment
  • Stages of Implementation
    • Focus on Infrastructure and OS Provisioning
    • Focus on Application Platform Provisioning
    • Focus on LOB Application Stack Provisioning
  • Challenges
    • Technical Issues
    • Operational Issues
    • Cultural and Political Issues
  • Adopted Tools
    • Cloud Management Platforms
    • Value-Added Solutions
  • Realize That You May Not Need Advanced Orchestration
  • Build a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Focus on the Most Used Workloads
  • Design Automation Workflows With a Developer Mindset
  • Implement Workflow Versioning
  • Enforce SLAs for Approval Requests
  • Prepare for Catastrophic Failures
  • Anticipate Complex Root Cause Analysis
  • Invest in a Dedicated Staff and Skill Set
  • Plan Cloud Infrastructure Upgrades Carefully

Methodology and Demographics

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