White Paper: The Journey to Hybrid Computing Part 1 - A Reality Check


Cloud computing promises the world, and at cheaper prices. But what do IT departments in the real world make of it?



Cloud computing promises the world, and at cheaper prices. How many other innovations in IT offer such agility, speed-to-market and flexibility, all at a significantly lower cost? That, at least, is how commentators, analysts and the technology press see cloud. But what do IT departments in the real world make of it?

In this first paper we will discuss the business and technical aspect of a business decision to adopt cloud services. In our second paper ‘Making it real’ we will look at real life issues that come with a cloud deployment such as migration as well as day to day operational issues for business critical IT such as monitoring, security, availability, and latency.

Executive summary: A reality check  2
The background  3
The interview group  3
Which stage have they reached on their cloud journey? Hybrid is the rule  3
Building the business case  5
IT as a back-end office function or as a business enabler 5
The business case: cost or agility?  9
The right application for the right platform:  14
Conclusion, some takeaways and a look ahead to the second white paper 14
About Attenda   15

Part 2 - Making it Real



Attenda is one of the UK‘s leading managed services and cloud platform providers, specialising in running business critical applications. Our Business Critical IT approach combines business outcome focus with a structured client engagement methodology, and supporting services and infrastructure.