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China Summary Translation: Best Practices for Planning a Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service Strategy — Bimodal IT, Not Hybrid Infrastructure

Published: 29 July 2015

ID: G00281456

Analyst(s): Vincent Fu, Lydia Leong


IT leaders should develop a cloud IaaS strategy using a bimodal IT approach, rather than adopting a hybrid cloud approach based solely on extending existing infrastructure investments. Cloud IaaS will not be commoditized, thereby highly limiting the usefulness of multicloud management approaches

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Best Practices for Planning a Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service Strategy — Bimodal IT, Not Hybrid Infrastructure

  • Key Challenges
  • Recommendations



  • Use a Bimodal Approach When Planning a Cloud IaaS Strategy
    • Mode 1 Cloud IaaS Strategy
    • Mode 2 Cloud IaaS Strategy
  • Focus on Improving the Entire Application Life Cycle, Not Just IT Operations Efficiency
  • Treat Cloud IaaS and PaaS Solutions Like Differentiated Offerings, Not Commodities
  • Take a Vendor-Specific, Not Commodity Multicloud, Approach to Management

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