TECH BUYER Mar 2020 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US46123220

Workload Selection for Cloud Migration: Accelerate Cloud Adoption Journey with Early Successes

By: Deepak MohanResearch Director, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Kuba StolarskiResearch Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

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Executive Snapshot

Figure: Executive Snapshot: Workload Selection for Cloud Migration

Situation Overview

Cloud Migration Is Critical to Cloud Adoption

Cloud Migration as a Workload-Centric Decision

The Challenge — Which Workloads Move First?

IDC's Cloud Infrastructure Index

The "3S" Characteristics Influencing Workload Placement for a Service Provider

Figure: 3S Workload Characteristics to Determine Placement Decision

Advice for the Technology Buyer

Applying the "3S" to Workload Selection for Cloud Migration

Speed Requirement — High-Velocity Workloads Tend to Benefit the Most from Cloud-Based Deployment

Sensitivity Requirement — Low-Sensitivity Requirements Reduce Risk of Migration Initiative

Scale Requirement — Small Scale Ensures Completion and Visibility into Outcome

Expanding Beyond Early Phase Migrations

Figure: Phases of Cloud Migration Maturity

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