Gartner Research

Solution Path for Evaluating and Selecting Public Cloud Providers

Published: 28 January 2014

ID: G00259327

Analyst(s): Chris Gaun


IT organizations increasingly need to evaluate and select public cloud providers to meet business and organizational requirements. This Solution Path details the recommended Gartner process for choosing public cloud IaaS, PaaS or SaaS providers.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Step 1.0 Identify Technical and Business Drivers
    • Step 1.1 Determine Business Requirements and Constraints
    • Step 1.2 Prioritize Business Requirements
    • Step 1.3 Evaluate Cloud as a Deployment Model
    • Step 1.4 Align Business Requirements to Select a Cloud Layer
  • Step 2.0 Identify and Evaluate Service Providers
    • Step 2.1 Create a Shortlist of Service Providers
    • Step 2.2 Create an RFP
    • Step 2.3 Assess Providers' Features, and Perform a Proof of Concept
    • Step 2.4 Perform a Cost Analysis and Quote
    • Step 2.5 Choose Providers
  • Step 3.0 Engage in Mitigating Risk and in a Finalization Strategy
    • Step 3.1 Identify and Mitigate Risk
    • Step 3.2 Determine an Exit Strategy
    • Step 3.3 Move Workloads, or Start Development
  • Step 4.0 Expand and Reassess


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