There are many paths to the cloud for the enterprise. The one you choose can affect much more than your enterprise IT architecture. It will determine your organisation's competitiveness, flexibility and IT economics for the next decade and beyond. If you build an open cloud, keeping a hybrid solution in mind, you can take advantage of the full strategic business value and promise of cloud computing. In this paper RedHat explains 7 key attributes your organisation needs to consider before deploying your cloud solution.