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Optimal Cloud Operations

Author: John Burke, CIO & Principal Research Analyst

The debate is over. Cloud won. Virtually every organization is using some form of cloud and most are placing an increasing percentage of workloads into SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS environments.

The challenge for 2019 and beyond will be how to manage these “multicloud” environments. As always, the answer to this challenge is to implement the right products, people, and processes. If they haven’t done so already, enterprise technologists should be assessing various flavors of cloud management platforms (CMPs) and cloud service brokers (CSBs) to select the tools that best deliver automation in their environments.

They should be staffing up with the right teams (particularly cloud architects, cloud solutions architects, and cloud security specialists) and ensuring their teams receive appropriate training and certification. And they should be putting in place cloud-centric processes.


Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • Cloud Changes Everything
  • CMPs Are Key
    • CMP Selection: Strategic Considerations
    • CMP Solutions: Options and Alternatives
    • CMP/CSB Selection Criteria
  • Cloud Cost Management
  • Optimal Cloud Organization
    • Cloud Architects
    • Cloud Solution Architects
      • Certification is Key
    • Cloud Security Specialists
  • Conclusions and Recommendations


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