Lee Sustar

Principal Analyst

Forrester Bio

Author Insights

Blog

Announcing The Public Cloud Market Outlook, 2022 To 2026

Lee Sustar November 21, 2022
The four biggest public cloud providers are intensifying their struggle for market share.
Blog

The NVIDIA/Microsoft AI Supercomputer Cloud Is A No-Brainer

Tracy Woo November 18, 2022
This week, NVIDIA announced a multiyear collaboration with Microsoft to build a cloud-based artificial intelligence supercomputer. With this partnership, Microsoft Azure will be the first public cloud to leverage NVIDIA’s full AI stack — chips, networking, and software. More specifically, the supercomputer will be powered through a combination of Microsoft Azure’s scalable ND- and NC- […]
Blog

Take A Pragmatic Approach To Embrace A Cloud-Native-First Strategy

Charlie Dai November 2, 2022
The era of cloud-native transformation is here. Cloud-native is core to modern IT infrastructure, thanks to the power of the Kubernetes distributed compute backbone. Vibrant open source communities, effective product implementations by vendors, and savvy adoption by enterprises have created a dynamic, powerful cloud-native ecosystem that puts cloud scale in the hands of business and […]
Video

Predictions 2023: Tech Leaders Double Down On Cloud-Native While Google Buys More Market Share

Lee Sustar October 27, 2022

Blog

The Era Of Cloud-Native Transformation Is Here

Lee Sustar October 26, 2022
As KubeCon North America 2022 gets underway, it’s useful to reflect on how far the cloud-native ecosystem has come, a focus of a new report by my colleague Charlie Dai and me. It wasn’t so long ago that IT enterprise architects began every project with a list of constraints: What can be built with a […]
Blog

VMware Bets Its Future On Multicloud — But The Odds Are Long

Brent Ellis September 15, 2022
Will enterprises pay big money for both public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and VMware cloud infrastructure services just to get past hyperscaler lock-in? That’s VMware’s wager in a multicloud and hybrid world, and the company’s flagship user event touted a series of services and offerings to convince customers to take VMware with them […]
Blog

Aiming For Innovation: Cloud In The US Today

Lee Sustar June 13, 2022
Cloud is no longer simply a path to greater efficiency. Today, it's a strategy for IT modernization. Get a preview of Forrester's new report, The State Of The Cloud In The US, in this blog post.
Blog

VMware Customers: Get Ready For Broadcom Disruption

Tracy Woo May 26, 2022
Late Sunday evening, Bloomberg reported rumors of advanced Broadcom talks to acquire VMware, which has since been confirmed this morning. In light of Broadcom’s investment activities in the past few years, this news is unsurprising. It made a string of massively expensive enterprise software company acquisitions: Brocade Communications Systems in 2016 ($5.9 billion), CA Technologies […]
Blog

The CISA Promotes Cloud Visibility And Security With Its SCuBA TRA

Andras Cser April 22, 2022
Get ready for the semi-nationalization of public cloud security in the US. The Secure Cloud Business Applications Technical Reference Architecture (SCuBA TRA) from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides a wide-ranging set of cloud security requirements for civilian agencies that have thus far been outside the boundaries of the FedRAMP program. The proposed […]
Blog

Continuous Evolution: In Acquiring Linode, Akamai Looks To Transform Again

Janet Worthington March 16, 2022
Akamai’s announcement last month that it had acquired infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider Linode addresses a gap in Akamai’s offering and presents an opportunity to disrupt traditional cloud service providers. Akamai’s edge function-as-a-service (FaaS) technology gives companies the ability to manipulate content close to the user with very low latency, but organizations still need to go back […]
Blog

Our List Of Kubernetes Best Practices — From The Real World

Lee Sustar February 8, 2022
Kubernetes is conquering IT infrastructure. But despite its notorious complexity, some people are doing it right. Get examples of some best practices here.
Blog

Presenting The First Forrester Wave™ Evaluation On Public Cloud Container Platforms

Lee Sustar January 24, 2022
The Forrester Public Cloud Container Platform Wave results are in -- the standouts offer the broadest automation and ecosystems while embracing open source software.
Blog

Your Cloud Is A Platform For … Platforms

Lee Sustar November 1, 2021
As a cloud analyst, I follow the latest cloud-native tech that’s transforming IT infrastructure everywhere. Today, core cloud infrastructure is more or less equivalent across the cloud service providers (CSPs). That’s why the big players now compete to see who can provide their customers with the widest array of tools with which to create their […]
Video

Predictions 2022: Cloud Computing Reloaded

Lee Sustar October 27, 2021

Blog

Stormy Times For Cloud Compliance?

Lee Sustar September 20, 2021
Find out why enterprise risk management (ERM) professionals are taking a hard look at compliance in the cloud.
Blog

Kubernetes Is Going To Cost You — But Nobody Knows How Much

Lee Sustar August 27, 2021
The biggest barrier to wider Kubernetes (K8s) adoption in the enterprise may not a cumbersome customer resource definition or an incomprehensible service mesh but rather a skeptical CFO waiting for someone to provide them with a price tag for that cloud-native infrastructure. A recent FinOps Foundation survey with 195 respondents — 75% of whom reported […]
Blog

Can Kubernetes Navigate Disaster?

Lee Sustar July 12, 2021
Once you have Kubernetes in production, how does that impact your disaster recovery and business continuity planning?
Blog

Got Kubernetes In Production? Let’s Talk

Lee Sustar June 11, 2021
Kubernetes is going mainstream — at least, that’s what we were told at the KubeCon conferences, in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)’s case studies, and via various vendor success stories. But those high-profile use cases are dominated by cloud hyperscalers, software and software-as-a-service providers, tech equipment makers, and telcos. Big banks and other financial […]
Blog

KubeCon And The (Partial) Emergence Of Enterprise Kubernetes

Lee Sustar May 18, 2021
KubeCon events can be hard to assess. Whether live or virtual, they’ve become a sprawling mix of old-school tech trade show, open source project maintainer meetup, and independent user group. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 was no different. My colleague Brent Ellis led Forrester’s initial appraisal of the online event, noting greater maturity in Kubernetes […]
Blog

Reflecting On KubeCon 2021

Brent Ellis May 7, 2021
Kubernetes has made a huge impact on how businesses deploy applications and how they adopt cloud. This year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 virtual agenda was very broad, touching almost every aspect of both developer and operations journeys. As Lee Sustar noted in his blog earlier this week, Kubernetes is being used in a variety […]
More posts