Trends Report

Cloud Service Provider Categories Are Shifting: Here's Your Guide

Forrester's External Computing Service Model Definitions And Assessment

December 1st, 2015
JR
John Rymer
DB
Dave Bartoletti
RF
Richard Fichera
With contributors:
Glenn O'Donnell , Christopher Mines , Claudia Tajima , Ian McPherson

Summary

If you're confused about the proliferation of externally hosted computing services labeled cloud, read this report. We introduce a new set of definitions to describe cloud-based services — managed clouds and managed hosting — and how they relate to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) services. The research will help application development and delivery (AD&D) pros navigate the many creative uses of cloud to describe vendor-provided services and understand the potential benefits and risks of each.

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