Lauren E.  Nelson

Lauren E. Nelson

Principal 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.

Lauren E. Nelson

Principal 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.

Lauren E. Nelson's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Data: Private Cloud Solutions Forecast, 2017 To 2022 (Global)

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    November 16, 2017 Jennifer Adams, Lauren E. Nelson

    While public cloud's hypergrowth garners a lot of press, we expect continuing applications and opportunities for private cloud solutions. Private cloud can provide the speed to market and scalability of public cloud, yet with enhanced security through its various deployment options. In this forecast, we examine growth in four private cloud categories: 1) private cloud software suites; 2) private cloud platforms; 3) pre-integrated converged solutions and appliances; and 4) hosted private cloud.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: An I&O Pro's Guide To Enterprise Cloud Standards, Q4 2017

    Understanding A Diverse, Multipurpose Ecosystem

    November 10, 2017 Charles Betz, Lauren E. Nelson

    Cloud platforms are becoming the default choice for digital delivery; rapid provisioning and access to new functions are driving adoption. However, with increased speed to acquire and expand usage, enterprises struggle to manage risk across vendor lock-in, bill increases, and completeness of security practices. Many users are seeking assurance. Cloud standards of various kinds can be part of the answer to portability, interoperability, security assurances, and organizational best practices.. This report will help infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand their options and set priorities.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2018: Cloud Computing Accelerates Enterprise Transformation Everywhere

    New Private Cloud Options And Even More Public Cloud And SaaS Innovations Will Power Enterprise Transformation In 2018

    November 7, 2017 Dave Bartoletti, Lauren E. Nelson, Liz Herbert, Paul Miller, Charlie Dai, Andras Cser, Andre Kindness

    After a decade of powering digital transformation in small and medium-size businesses, cloud computing has quickly become a must-have enterprise technology. Cloud's impact has been global, yet fewer than half of all enterprises use a public cloud platform. In 2018, we'll cross the significant 50% adoption milestone, and cloud applications, platforms, and services will continue to radically change the way enterprises compete for customers. This report outlines the 10 key factors that will shape the cloud computing landscape in 2018 and advises infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders on how to respond.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Azure Stack Sparks The Hybrid Cloud Explosion

    New Forms Of Hybrid Cloud Are About To Radically Alter The Cloud Landscape

    October 30, 2017 Richard Fichera, Lauren E. Nelson

    In practice, hybrid cloud has underdelivered on the vision of enterprise cloud transparency and fluid management of resources. The long-awaited introduction of Microsoft Azure Stack and the competitive countermoves by key competitors Amazon Web Services and Google have transformed the private cloud landscape and will trigger a new gold rush to stake out enterprise hybrid market share. I&O practitioners must understand this huge impending change on the hybrid cloud portability conversation within their larger digital transformation.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: OpenStack Fights To Defend Its Claim As A Standard

    Its Future Sits Quietly Within Your Private Cloud, Outside The US, And Among Telecommunications Providers

    October 26, 2017Lauren E. Nelson, Chris Gardner, Sophia I. Vargas, Charlie Dai, Paul Miller

    OpenStack became a cloud platform standard in 2013. Since then, it has evolved and reached a less eventful stage of its life, losing some of its early momentum and vocal proponents but gaining new commitment and momentum elsewhere. While OpenStack remains a powerful option when building price-competitive private clouds, some find its role unclear. As momentum builds among telcos and Chinese companies, infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros must figure out what role OpenStack will continue to play in their cloud strategies. This report provides that guidance.

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