For CIO Professionals

Q&A: By 2011, CIOs Must Answer The Question, "Why Not Run In The Cloud?"

But Finding A Good Place To Start Is A Challenge For Most Shops

Why Read This Report

At Forrester's IT Forum in Las Vegas in May 2009, we hosted an analyst panel about saving, making, and risking cash with cloud computing. The session sparked a lot of interest — and a lot of questions. With the buzz still strong, and a few more months of experience under all of our belts, we address the major questions that a CIO or other senior IT professional might have, including "What are the benefits and risks of cloud computing?" and "How should we get started with cloud computing?"
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • 1. What is cloud computing?
  • 2. How is cloud computing different from hosting and outsourcing?
  • 3. Why has cloud computing emerged now?
  • 4. What are the benefits of cloud computing?
  • 5. What are the risks of cloud computing?
  • 6. What workloads should we run in the cloud today? What shouldn't we run in the cloud?
  • 7. Should we move to a private cloud as a steppingstone to the public cloud?
  • 8. What three questions should we ask a cloud computing provider?
  • 9. How should we get started with cloud computing?