Lauren E. Nelson

Senior Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Lauren E. Nelson, Forrester's private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud lead, is an analyst based in Cambridge, Mass., serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. Her coverage area spans the IaaS space with extensive knowledge of solutions (including internal private, hosted private, and public IaaS), enterprise adoption trends, the current state of cloud standardization, and cloud metrics creation. Her coverage also includes strategic rightsourcing of applications, cloud strategy development, customer use cases, cloud adoption trends, cloud economics, and the green implications of cloud computing. Lauren has advised hundreds of enterprises on these topics through speeches, workshops, webinars, inquiries, advisory, and reports.

Previous Work Experience

Previously, Lauren was a researcher on Forrester's infrastructure and operations team. She interviewed hundreds of I&O Professionals and technology vendors while conducting primary and secondary research for reports and consulting engagements. Prior to her time at Forrester, Lauren worked in environmental economics research, focusing on temperature change and racial diversity near SuperFund sites.

Education

Lauren graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in economics.

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  • Lauren E. Nelson
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Private Cloud Solutions, Q2 2011

    Five Solution Types To Choose From For Advancing Virtualization Maturity

    Over the past year, client inquiry questions have evolved from "What is cloud?" to "What vendors should I consider?" This market overview examines the landscape of vendors providing solutions...

    • Downloads: 2968
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Master 10 Trends For Your Cloud Journey

    Early in 2011, Forrester made a series of predictions about the future of cloud computing for that year. With 2012 now upon us, it's time to evaluate last year's predictions and introduce new...

    • Downloads: 2733
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:2011 Top 10 IaaS Cloud Predictions For I&O Leaders

    Empowered Users, HPC, And Business Intelligence Will Drive Adoption

    IaaS is undoubtedly one of your top priorities, but will you craft a plan for success? Many enterprises are headed toward a number of cloud pitfalls, such as misunderstanding the makeup, benefits,...

    • Downloads: 2157
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Cloud Maturity

    Assessment: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders refine cloud strategies to deliver the experiences and the agility that their firms' customers demand, they'll need to assess their level of cloud...

    • Downloads: 1725
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud, Q1 2013

    No Dominant Market Leaders Today, But Front-Runners Are CSC And Rackspace

    Forrester's Forrsights Hardware Survey, Q3 2012 showed that 46% of enterprises are prioritizing investments in private clouds in 2013. While slightly more than half plan to build a private cloud in...

    • Downloads: 1542
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Cloud Computing

    Cloud Formally Joins The IT Portfolio — Whether IT Likes It Or Not

    As we head into 2014, cloud computing is no longer a "future" but a "now." Investments are up, enterprise use is widespread, and the hybrid cloud model has arrived. While the bulk of cloud...

    • Downloads: 1551
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013

    Three Vendors Rise To The Top Of The Private Cloud Market

    In Forrester's 61-criteria evaluation of private cloud solution vendors, we identified the 10 most significant software providers — ASG Software Solutions, BMC Software, CA Technologies, Cisco...

    • Downloads: 1339
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Develop Cloud Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    This report outlines the performance management of Forrester's solution for I&O professionals working on developing effective objectives and metrics for their organization's cloud strategy. Crafting...

    • Downloads: 1367
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 1

    How To Sift Through The Cloud Washing And Uncover True Value

    While cloud computing is still in the early adopter phase, you're under executive pressure to develop a cloud strategy. And it's up to you to sort through the cloud washing and not only understand...

    • Downloads: 1354
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 2

    AWS Leads A Rapidly Growing Field

    For many I&O professionals, developing a cloud strategy is a top priority for 2011 and 2012. After strategically selecting certain workloads fit for public IaaS, it's now time for selecting your...

    • Downloads: 1343
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The State Of Infrastructure-As-A-Service Cloud Standards

    Cloud adoption, particularly of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), is still in the early-adopter phase, and as a result there are no set industry standards. For IT infrastructure and operations...

    • Downloads: 1159
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:An Infrastructure And Operations Pro's Guide To Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Services

    You Must Include These Services In Your Five-Year Road Map

    Historically, disaster recovery (DR) preparedness required substantial time and financial investment. For many, DR was out of reach, and for others, it was a burdensome task that often felt like an...

    • Downloads: 1201
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 3

    Cloud Platforms: Foundational Systems Could Strengthen Your Preferred Service Providers

    A growing number of public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds are coming to market that share the same underlying capabilities, technologies, and interfaces. Rather than build their clouds...

    • Downloads: 1037
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Justifying Your Cloud Investment: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

    Cloud Economics Makes HPC Projects More Attainable For The Masses

    It's one thing to say infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals need to invest in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing for their high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. It's...

    • Downloads: 1094
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Private Cloud Management And Infrastructure

    In 2013, over half of enterprises stated that in 2014, they will be prioritizing building a private cloud, when it was only introduced less than five years ago. Although enterprises have quickly...

    • Downloads: 879
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: The Days Of Fighting The Cloud Are Over

    Cloud computing is arguably one of the most disruptive fields ever in technology management. CIOs are a primary force driving the enterprise business technology (BT) agenda, so you need to understand...

    • Downloads: 731
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Applying The Forrester Wave™: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013

    Customizing The Private Cloud Forrester Wave To Evaluate Four Common Private Cloud Scenarios

    In November 2013, we published our private cloud solutions Forrester Wave evaluation, where we used 61 criteria to evaluate 10 private cloud solutions vendors. The findings showed how well each...

    • Downloads: 717
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Four Common Private Cloud Strategies

    Align Your Expectations With Your Strategy

    From surveys, interviews, and inquiry calls, Forrester is seeing an emergence of four private cloud approaches that are driven by very different strategies and thus have variant scope and results....

    • Downloads: 872
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2014

    Tools And Technology: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    This emerging market Forrester Wave™ report focuses on hosted private cloud solutions. In our 25-criteria evaluation, we identified the 16 most significant providers — AT&T, Blue Box,...

    • Downloads: 606
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Rise Of The New Cloud Admin

    And No, It's Not Your Virtualization Manager

    Nearly half of all enterprise IT shops claim to be prioritizing private cloud investments in 2013, but both in the largest enterprises and those firms that are most aggressively investing in public...

    • Downloads: 719
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q1 2014

    OpenStack Steps Forward To Become The New De Facto Model

    Enterprises look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in, which would mitigate these benefits. Without standardization,...

    • Downloads: 588
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: Private Cloud Overview

    In September 2013, Forrester published a two-part market overview on converged infrastructure that included preintegrated software-defined converged solutions. Two months later, Forrester produced...

    • Downloads: 596
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Cloud Computing Helps Accelerate Green IT

    Take Advantage Of Public And Private Cloud To Deliver Energy, Carbon, And E-Waste Efficiencies

    Cloud-based server, storage, and network infrastructure — also called infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — will inherently deliver green IT benefits: lower energy costs, carbon emissions,...

    • Downloads: 742
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: Private Cloud Software

    Varied Building Blocks Lay The Foundation, But It's Up To You To Make It A True Private Cloud

    In November 2013, Forrester published "The Forrester Wave™: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013," which evaluated the top software-only private infrastructure-as-a-service solutions in the market....

    • Downloads: 468
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q3 2014

    North American infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their teams often ask Forrester for private cloud adoption data to inform their cloud strategy and compare their progress with their...

    • Downloads: 503