“Every business can benefit from a cookbook approach to developing a cloud strategy. CIOs should focus efforts on a living document that connects business strategy to implementation and migration plans.” -Gartner, The Cloud Strategy Cookbook, 2019
Gartner recently released The Cloud Strategy Cookbook, 2019, with changes and updates to reflect the current state of the cloud. We believe This report makes detailed recommendations for CIOs to consider in the process of creating a cloud strategy. It also offers a comprehensive template, “The Cloud Strategy Cookbook,” which specifies what organizations should include based on proven best practices.
Our Key findings at a glance:
Cloud computing is a multifaceted undertaking spanning a wide array of technology practice areas. In some cases, enterprises adopt cloud on an as-needed basis, without adequate forethought for strategic decision making and considerations such as cost, including financial implications and service models. It’s been proven that businesses with a well-thought-out, working cloud strategy make better use of the cloud and have clear insights into the pros and cons, thus making it possible to hone the strategy ongoingly.
Interestingly, most cloud computing questions posed by leadership are strategy focused; not technology-focused. As cloud becomes an increasingly prevalent component of the IT strategy, executives want to know what exactly a cloud strategy should include and best practices for creating one. It’s important to note as these questions are considered, the answers must be aligned with other areas of the IT practice, such as security and data center.
Getting started is often the most difficult part for executive leadership and IT decision-makers. Establishing priorities and laying out a strategy for ensuring strategic use of the cloud can be a challenging undertaking. Fortunately, “The Cloud Strategy Cookbook, 2019” delves into every area necessary for building an effective cloud strategy. The details can be found in the report, we understand here’s what it includes at a high level:
Cloud Computing Baseline
Principles/Assessment of Where You Are Today
“There are many potential principles that can determine a cloud strategy. Some are nonnegotiable — for example, a cloud strategy is a workload-by-workload or application-by-application exercise (workloads are groupings of applications). Some other principles, such as “Lift-and-shift migrations to public cloud should be a last resort” are recommended and should be explicitly stated.” -Gartner, The Cloud Strategy Cookbook, 2019
After the development of your cloud strategy, your next phase is implementation. To learn how to operationalize your strategy and move into implementation, read the Gartner report: “The Cloud Strategy Cookbook, 2019.”
To sum it up:
Networking is one of any areas in which cloud can be used to simplify IT operations and increase efficiency. At Extreme, we believe a clear strategy is key to access, and this Gartner report is an excellent tool for setting up your own strategy. For this reason, we invest heavily in cloud. Recently, Extreme acquired Aerohive Networks, a third-generation cloud and a leader in cloud networking.
“The acquisition of Aerohive establishes our leadership in cloud, AI, and ML, adding a proven and mature cloud services platform and subscription service model for Extreme’s customers and partners. Extreme continues to invest in software and AI to expand the automation capabilities across our portfolio of edge-to-cloud networking solutions. The ability to improve user experiences, lower operating expenses, and deliver cloud-managed networks is key to our strategy.” -Ed Meyercord, President & CEO, Extreme Networks
Gartner, The Cloud Strategy Cookbook, 2019, David Smith, 2 April 2019
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