GOAL or METRIC: Minutes, not hours or days

RATIONALE: Workload deployment speeds of less than one hour are needed, otherwise IT end users will be tempted to procure their own resources using cloud-based providers. The problem with this is that it nullifies the ability of IT to control costs, applications, and resources.


SOURCE:  IDC: Improving Datacenter Operational Efficiency Using Self-Service Provisioning and Advanced Performance Analytics December 2010