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Select Your Optimal Hosted Private Cloud Strategy

We Identified The Best Practices For The Five Common Hosted Private Cloud Adopter Profiles

May 7, 2015

Why Read This Report

There is no single strategy or journey to the cloud that describes the experience of all or even most organizations' adoption path, and trying to glean a single approach from all of the adoption patterns leads to poorly aligned expectations. Forrester's 2013 "Four Common Private Cloud Strategies" report categorized the major end user strategies for internal private cloud. This report does the same for the hosted private cloud space. In the second half of 2014, Forrester conducted interviews, inquiries, and customer reference calls to profile and understand the complexities of the hosted private cloud market. Through this exercise, we identified five common profiles of firms using hosted private cloud today: 1) hosting customers seeking improvements; 2) disaster recovery (DR) specialists; 3) external cloud first-timers; 4) internal private cloud realists; and 5) public-cloud-first firms expanding into private. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals should identify which of these five hosted private cloud profiles maps their use case, and follow the corresponding best practices for that profile.

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Table of Contents

  • Hosted Private Cloud Isn't A Single Journey
  • Choose The Hosted Private Cloud Strategy That Aligns With Your Goal

  • The Do's And Don'ts Of Hosted Private Cloud For All Five Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents

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