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June 23, 2011

Everest Group Unveils Comprehensive Cloud Assessment Model for Enterprises Migrating to Different Cloud Platforms

Everest Group has launched a first of its kind assessment model to present a data-driven business case for enterprises, which will support them in the identification of optimal IT workloads when they make the move from public, private or hybrid clouds.

The NGIT Practice employs the Everest Group Cloud Value Assessment Model (EG CVAM) to carry out extensive analytics on an enterprise's complete portfolio of IT workloads and then prepares a comparative case-study to enable those workloads to be re-platformed for different cloud designs.

In a release, Scott Bils, the Everest Group partner leading the NGIT Practice, observed, "We see clients who might have done a small-scale cloud pilot project on an individual workload. Worse, some only have anecdotal data gathered from other organizations' cloud initiatives. What they've lacked is the ability to consider cloud for what it is: a transformative, disruptive IT technology. With EG CVAM, for the first time, CIOs and CFOs can look objectively at their entire portfolio of workloads and make a defensible business case that's based on hard data."

The comprehensive analysis is based on client cost data and is supported by cost estimation for public cloud alternatives database. The NGIT Practice then converts the analysis into a technical evaluation to identify those workloads which can perform best in a cloud environment. This makes it easy to rank workloads by slotting them into categories which are best suited for public, hybrid or private cloud architectures, and alternatively provide as easy software-as-a-service solution.

EG CVAM analytics tool can also indicate how current and future changes in vendor pricing can affect the business case. Enterprises benefit primarily from this tool as it brings forward those workloads which can bring out a 40-50 percent or more reduction in costs, making them prime candidates for migration.

The Everest Group employs the NGIT Practice to help its clients prepare and create a comprehensive vision and business case for IT transformation. The NGIT practice leverages the EG CVAM as a tool to create a business case identifying workloads for migration to corresponding cloud delivery model. The other workloads are improved through advanced data center technologies and models. The clients can then effectively create strategies covering those IT functions which can be improved through various sourcing strategies.

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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