Analyst Report: Moving Analytic Workloads to the Cloud: A Transition Guide

On Cloud

Recent trends in information management see companies shifting their focus to, or entertaining a notion for a first-time use of, a cloud-based solution for their data warehouse and analytic environment. In the past, the only clear choice for most organizations has been on-premises data solutions —oftentimes using an appliance-based platform. However, the costs of scale are gnawing away at the notion that this remains the best approach for some or all of a company’s analytical needs.

According to market research, through 2020, spending on cloud-based Big Data Analytics technology will grow 4.5x faster than spending for on-premises solutions. (1)

Due to the economics and functionality, use of the cloud should now be a given in most database selections. The factors driving data projects to the cloud are many.

Additionally, the multitudinous architectures made possible by hybrid cloud make the question no longer “Cloud, yes or no?” but “How much?” and “How can we get started?” This paper will reflect on the top decision points in determining what depth to move into the cloud and what you need to do in order to be successful in the move. This could be a move of an existing analytical workload or the move of the organization to the cloud for the first time. It’s “everything but the product selection.”

For a critical analyst review of cloud analytic databases and some strong data points in that selection process, please see our 2017 Gigaom Cloud Analytic Database Sector Roadmap.

For a critical analyst review of cloud analytic databases and some strong data points in that selection process, please login or subscribe to Gigaom Research to see our 2017 Gigaom Cloud Analytic Database Sector Roadmap.

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Decision Points
  3. Software Model
  4. Development And Quality Assurance
  5. Recovery From Outage And Credit For Downtime
  6. Safe Harbor And Cross-Border Restrictions
  7. Capacity Planning and Growth
  8. Security And Privacy
  9. Disaster Recovery
  10. Query Performance And Service Levels
  11. Data Interchange in the Cloud
  12. Staffing Levels Are Not Zero; What Does My Staff Still Do?
  13. Organizational Change Management (To Bring People Along With The Move)
  14. Picking First Targets For The Journey
  15. Additional Resource
  16. Footnotes
  17. About the Author: William McKnight
  18. About Gigaom Research

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