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.


Lauren graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in economics.

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  • Lauren E. Nelson
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Private Cloud, Q3 2015

    Private Cloud Software Suites Hit Equilibrium As Enterprises Take A Segmented Approach To Private Cloud

    Customers no longer question cloud computing as a viable technology choice. And in a growing number of enterprises, cloud is now the first choice. But cloud isn't a single technology. It's composed...

    • Downloads: 115
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Private Cloud Maturity Assessment: Q3 2015

    Forrester's private cloud maturity assessment evaluates your current and desired state maturity across 42 key private cloud elements within four top-level domains: technical, governance, people, and...

    • 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 Cloud Computing Maturity Assessment: Q2 2015

      This tool accompanies the assessment report in the cloud computing playbook. It offers clients the ability to measure their own cloud maturity.

      • Downloads: 59
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q2 2015

      The Main Focus Of The Kilo Release Is Community App Catalog And DefCore Improvements

      Every six months, the OpenStack Foundation hosts a release summit. These summits always provide a mix of end user stories, release updates, and OpenStack deep dive sessions, aimed at OpenStack users...

      • Downloads: 80
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:OpenStack Is Ready — Are You?

      Learn From The Lessons Of The OpenStack Masters To Help You Succeed With The Popular Private Cloud Platform

      OpenStack is an open source cloud platform that has become a compatibility standard for the private cloud market. Despite its headway into the Fortune 100 and long list of notable vendor supporters,...

      • Downloads: 340
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:The State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q2 2015

      Standards Bodies And Open Source Foundations Learn To Play Nice

      Infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in. Applications, products, and...

      • Downloads: 313
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Select Your Optimal Hosted Private Cloud Strategy

      We Identified The Best Practices For The Five Common Hosted Private Cloud Adopter Profiles

      There is no single strategy or journey to the cloud that describes the experience of all or even most organizations' adoption path, and trying to glean a single approach from all of the adoption...

      • Downloads: 198
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Brief: Did HP Bail Out Of Public Cloud?

      We Expect HP To Reduce Its Commitment To Public Cloud But Continue To Focus On Private And Hybrid Cloud Solutions

      HP's cloud executive team generated some media speculation on April 8, 2015, when it indicated that it can't compete directly with the hyperscale public cloud platforms. Does this mean HP is exiting...

      • Downloads: 118
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q3 2014

      A common business technology (BT) agenda request that we receive from our infrastructure and operations (I&O) clients is baseline adoption data for hosted private cloud to inform their cloud...

      • Downloads: 173
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Organize The Chaos Of Cloud With A Realistic And Effective Strategy

      Continuous Improvement: The Cloud Computing Playbook For 2015

      Developing a realistic and achievable cloud strategy is far from easy. Organizations can't always start at square one when creating a cloud strategy, since most already make use of cloud in a variety...

      • Downloads: 215
    • 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
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In Europe, Q3 2014

      European Adopters Focus On Private Clouds For Test/Dev Purposes

      European infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their teams often ask Forrester for private cloud adoption data to inform the cloud strategy of their business technology (BT) agenda and...

      • Downloads: 149
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:How Will Your Private Cloud Pass The Developer Self-Service Litmus Test?

      Developer Self-Service Access Enables Rapid App Delivery

      Developers judge private cloud initiatives by the degree of autonomous access they get to environments and resources that tech management provides. Few enterprises offer developer self-service to...

      • Downloads: 163
    • 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: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 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: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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q4 2014

      With Its Juno Release, OpenStack Is Getting Boring — Good!

      With cloud computing influencing so much of your BT agenda, you're paying significant attention to the OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud platform. As an infrastructure and operations...

      • Downloads: 130
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: HP Acquires Eucalyptus Systems

      HP Gains Some Solid Talent, But The Technology Story Is Not Yet Revealed

      On September 11, 2014, HP announced that it will be acquiring Eucalyptus Systems, an open source cloud platform founded in 2009. This is an unexpected move for HP. Since 2010, HP has been committed...

      • Downloads: 87
    • 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:Quick Take: Breaking Down VMworld 2014

      Can The Virtual Powerhouse Power Virtually Everything?

      Last week, VMware presented its latest corporate and product strategy and developments at the annual VMworld conference. The three pillars of VMware's strategy are the software-defined data center...

      • Downloads: 258
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Top 10 Facts Every Tech Management Leader Should Know About Private Cloud

      Cloud is an essential component of every enterprise tech management strategy, but sifting through market noise to design a robust cloud strategy isn't easy. Despite reported high private cloud...

      • Downloads: 431
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q2 2014

      Atlanta Summit Features Icehouse Release

      Every six months, OpenStack hosts a summit to discuss its latest release while hosting its Design Summit and Ops Summit for its next release. OpenStack is the single largest open source solution in...

      • Downloads: 186
    • 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