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Managing Availability and Performance Risks in the Cloud: Expect the Unexpected

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


We know that the best way to avoid cloud risks is to apply sound risk management strategies before placing applications and IT services in the cloud. Some risks, however, cannot be predetermined or quantified, even through vigilant analysis. No amount of up-front planning can mitigate these risks. This study describes how to manage them by using a well-constructed cloud exit strategy, distributing services, and acquiring insurance.

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