Buyer's Compass

Hybrid Cloud Services – A Buyer’s Guide

Organizations now commonly use multiple cloud services as well as on premises IT. This KuppingerCole Buyer’s Guide focusses on IaaS services. It will provide you with questions to ask vendors, criteria to select your vendor, and the requirements for successful deployments. This report will prepare your organization to conduct RFIs and RFPs for IaaS as part of a Hybrid IT service delivery model.

Mike Small

sm@kuppingercole.com

1 How to use the Buyer's Guide

This KuppingerCole Buyer’s Guide on Hybrid Cloud Services provides information about

  • Use Cases
  • Functional Selection Criteria
  • Non-functional Selection Criteria
  • Technical Prerequisites
  • Organizational Prerequisites
  • Questions to ask the vendors

It helps organizations in their vendor selection processes, by focusing on the most important aspects of vendor selection, based on the experience of KuppingerCole from its research and advisory services.

This document is not a complete guideline for selecting vendors but should provide an excellent starting point to streamline the decision-making process.

How to use it:

  • Identify your primary use case(s)
  • Review the functional selection criteria – their weight might be based on the matrix of these use cases and the functional selection criteria
  • Review the non-functional selection criteria
  • Request information and rate the vendors on these criteria
  • Ask additional questions of the vendors, as defined
  • Define a shortlist of vendors based on the results and continue with the vendor selection process, with more detailed RFIs and PoCs.
  • Ensure that the technical and organizational prerequisites are in place.

Note: This Buyer’s Guide addresses Infrastructure as a Service in the context of a hybrid IT delivery model. This should form part of a complete IT architecture with consistent organization, governance and management processes.

There are related documents available from KuppingerCole. KuppingerCole Advisory Services can provide further support in the vendor selection processes.


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