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
  • IT Services
  • 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: 67
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    Virtustream And Datapipe Lead The Way, With CSC, HP, Dell, And Blue Box Close Behind

    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, Canopy,...

    • Downloads: 348
  • 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: 110
  • 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: 371
  • 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: 175
  • 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: 555
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q3 2013

    In 2013, Forrester saw a spike in interest in hosted private cloud — adoption nearly doubled within a single year. Hosted private cloud remains one of the least understood core cloud deployment...

    • Downloads: 345
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Breaking Down IBM Pulse 2014

    IBM's Overarching Cloud Strategy Is One Based On Open Standards

    Last week's annual IBM Pulse 2014 drew 11,000 tech management professionals, partners, and IBM folks to Las Vegas, where the company informed all participants about bold moves it's making around...

    • Downloads: 242
  • 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: 843
  • 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: 829
  • 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: 692
  • 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: 1520
  • 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: 2719
  • 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: 1026
  • 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: 1149
  • 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: 1338
  • 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: 1345
  • 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: 2953