Gartner Research

Moving Enterprise Workloads to Public Cloud, Hosting, or Colocation — How to Decide and Execute

Published: 04 January 2017

ID: G00315340

Analyst(s): Douglas Toombs


This research gives technical professionals a practical framework to review all existing applications to determine whether they are suitable for migration to public cloud services, if other service models would be more appropriate or whether they should stay in-house.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Define and Document Long-Term Organizational Objectives
  • Framework Step 1: Application Risk Assessment
  • Framework Step 2: SaaS Evaluation
  • Framework Step 3: PaaS Evaluation
  • Framework Step 4: IaaS Evaluation
  • Framework Step 5: Hosting or Hosted Private Cloud Evaluation
  • Framework Step 6: Colocation Evaluation
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

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