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For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Enterprise Cloud Management Capabilities Road Map

December 22, 2010

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  • By Galen Schreck
  • with Alex Cullen,
  • James Staten,
  • Mackenzie Cahill,
  • Kimberly Naton

Why Read This Report

Cloud computing, in all its variants, is the trend that will change your infrastructure the most. Today, public cloud is a distinct world from your data center — it involves different architecture, different capabilities, and, most importantly, an entirely separate management domain. Applications are either in the cloud or in your data center. As most firms work on virtualizing their server environments, they are building toward a private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service. But private cloud is not the end of the road — over the next three to five years, your target architecture should be anticipating hybrid cloud: the ability to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service from a pool that includes both public and private resources. Enterprise architects must begin the planning for this with a road map that starts with the capabilities needed for hybrid cloud and then maps back to the capabilities provided by today's vendors and products.

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Table of Contents

  • Forrester's Road Map For Hybrid Cloud Management
  • The Current State Of Cloud Computing Management
  • Target State For Hybrid Cloud Computing Management
  • Required Capabilities For Cloud Management
  • Hybrid Cloud Road Map

  • Begin Adapting Your Management Infrastructure To Cloud Management
  • Related Research Documents