Craft a solid cloud exit strategy

In our cloud economics tweet jam, participants advised CIOs to craft a cloud exit strategy that prepares them for internal and external failures.

In the wild world of IT, priorities can change in an instant. With cloud computing, CIOs and IT leaders must stay on top of potential cloud snags, including compromised security, data loss or destruction and other such speed bumps.

So what happens if you find yourself throwing up your hands and saying, "Enough!"? If it comes down to it, does your organization have a clear cloud exit strategy in place?

In SearchCIO's recent cloud economics-themed tweet jam, SearchCIO asked:

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In a business setting, an exit strategy commonly refers to terminating relationships with outside organizations and pulling back on investments and partnerships -- activities that fall well within the CIO scope. Our tweet jam participants, including Ravi Ravishanker, CIO at Wellesley College and an expert cloud comput-er, offered their advice for crafting a cloud exit strategy:

Since whether to plan a cloud exit strategy is a given, according to our followers, the question emerges: How can IT best make its exit? Here's what tweet jam participants felt a cloud exit strategy should contain. Hint: It includes offsite backup and well-established service-level agreements with providers:

The overarching advice from our tweet jam participants was "expect failure." But it's not enough to just anticipate the possibility of the cloud not working out; IT leaders must also plan for recovery:

Do you have a cloud exit strategy in place at your organization? Have you planned for failure to ensure future IT success? Let us know in the comment section below.

Join SearchCIO for our next tweet jam on Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. (topic and expert TBA). In the meantime, stay tuned for more cloud economics recaps and check out the full conversation on Twitter by searching "#CIOChat."

This was first published in October 2013

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