White Paper: The Journey to Hybrid Computing Part 2 - Making It Real


The clear conclusion from the first paper is that cloud services are used not as a unique solution, but as part of a whole raft of platforms. In this second paper we will focus more on cloud deployment.



In the first whitepaper in this series, we looked at the business reasons for moving applications to the cloud, using insights and examples obtained from a series of interviews with a wide sample of IT directors across multiple vertical industries.

In this second paper we will focus more on cloud deployment. The clear conclusion from the first paper is that cloud services are used not as a unique solution, but as part of a whole raft of platforms. Once an enterprise has decided to include cloud in that portfolio, how does the IT group go about selecting the right platform for the right application? We will also look at issues that are vitally important in a cloud deployment such as integration, availability, security and performance, before taking a closer look at the issues involved in putting a deployment into production such as migration and on-going management. Finally we will draw the threads together and conclude with some observations on selection.

Executive summary: making it real 2
Finding the right platform: commodity IT versus core IT 3
The factors in IT directors minds as they select the platform for an application 5
Performance and latency 5
SaaS or IaaS 6
Security and availability 7
The ‘I’ words: integration, interoperability 8
In production: lessons learnt from real life deployments  10
Migration 10
Ongoing management 11
Conclusion: Right supplier for the right company  13
About Attenda 15

Part 1 - A Reality Check



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.