Trends Report

Vendor Landscape: Cloud Migration Services

Focus On A Balanced Sourcing Strategy For Applications Migration

March 28th, 2017
With contributors:
Lauren Nelson , Eveline Oehrlich , Michael Caputo , Diane Lynch

Summary

For most enterprises, becoming digital entails migrating applications to the cloud. Clients embarking on cloud migration efforts are increasingly emphasizing speed above all else. Fortunately for them, the ability to move virtual machines (VMs) to the public cloud has become a focus for a growing migration industry, consisting of cloud service providers, tools suppliers, and systems integrators. But should infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals merely "lift and shift" to the cloud? It wasn't long ago that Forrester's guidance favored optimizing applications for cloud characteristics prior to migration to truly optimize them for the cloud. Does rapid lift-and-shift compromise ultimate value or accelerate it by adapting more quickly to cloud's innovation potential? Regardless of the answer, a robust market for services has evolved to suit all preferences.

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