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    Report Scoring Our 2017 Cloud Predictions

    We Were Spot On For Three, Early On Half, And Reaching On Two

    Every year, Forrester predicts what lies ahead for cloud in the year to come. But do these predictions hold weight in the upcoming year? This report holds us, the prediction makers, accountable by...

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    Report Quick Take: Innovate Around The Death Of Net Neutrality

    With Internet Providers Free To Build Slow And Fast Lanes, Design Around Cost And Bandwidth Uncertainty

    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has repealed the 2015 regulations requiring equal treatment for all internet traffic, commonly known as net neutrality. If they choose, carriers can...

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    Report Adapt Your Governance Framework For Cloud

    Processes: The Cloud Computing Playbook
    November 14, 2017 | Sophia I. Vargas

    As cloud adoption accelerates, businesses must develop standard practices around security, performance, and cost to meet the expectations of internal and external stakeholders. Regardless of who...

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    Report Demystifying Hybrid Solutions And Architectures

    Hybrid Infrastructure Is A Strategy, Not A Solution — And It's More Than Just Cloud
    October 30, 2017 | Sophia I. Vargas

    Digital transformation projects have accelerated the adoption of new technologies and a multitude of cloud services. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals face exacerbated challenges...

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    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

    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...

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    Report Adapt Your Network Strategy To Thrive In A Shifting Ecosystem

    Old And New Players Disrupt Standards And Solutions In The Communication Market
    July 28, 2017 | Sophia I. Vargas, Andre Kindness

    Businesses increasingly depend on cloud to help deliver differentiated services to customers. As a consequence, rampant adoption of new infrastructure platforms has changed the composition of the...

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    Report Justify Your Hybrid Cloud Future With A Solid Business Case

    Business Case: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    Too many infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders still think of cloud as a way to cut costs. Cloud is often cheaper, but its biggest impact is on your organization's speed and ability to flex...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Colocation And Data Center Services

    Vendors From Various Backgrounds Compete To Solve Regional Demands
    April 4, 2017 | Sophia I. Vargas

    In a world of pervasive technology solutions, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders must maintain a growing portfolio of heterogeneous hardware and services. For organizations with burgeoning...

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    Report Strategic Benchmarks 2017: Infrastructure Priorities

    Benchmarks: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    March 20, 2017 | Sophia I. Vargas

    This report provides infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals with strategic benchmarks so they can compare their infrastructure budgets, priorities, motivations, and technology adoption...

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    Report Edge Computing: IoT Will Spawn A New Infrastructure Market

    Road Map: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    Internet of things (IoT) is the latest transformational technology, extending ubiquitous connectivity and control to the physical world. The applications are limited only by our imagination and our...

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    Report Benchmark Your Enterprise Cloud Adoption

    Benchmarks: The Cloud Computing Playbook
    January 3, 2017 | Sophia I. Vargas, Dave Bartoletti

    Enterprise cloud computing adoption accelerated in 2016 and will do so again in 2017. Are you ahead of your competitors or lagging behind the average enterprise? Infrastructure and operations (I&O)...

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    Report OpenStack's Global Traction Expands For Its Newton Release

    OpenStack Summit And Newton Update, Q4 2016
    December 19, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson, Frank Liu, Paul Miller

    OpenStack has grown into a de facto standard platform for the private cloud market and now serves as the foundation for public clouds, particularly in Europe and China. This report analyzes the...

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    Report Predictions 2017: Customer-Obsessed Enterprises Launch Cloud's Second Decade

    Ten Key Developments In Cloud Computing Shape The Industry In 2017

    Cloud computing has been one of the most exciting and disruptive forces in the tech market in the past decade. The cloud market will accelerate faster in 2017 as enterprises around the world look...

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    Report Design Your Infrastructure For Scalability

    October 24, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas, Robert Stroud

    As your business evolves and adds new services, regions, or customers, your infrastructure and operations (I&O) must be able to adapt and scale with no impact on performance or service quality....

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    Report Weigh The Economic Factors Of Your Data Center Ecosystem Transformation

    October 19, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas

    As technology demand accelerates to support the digital business, data centers are running low on physical resource capacity. When provisioning new data center capacity, infrastructure and...

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    Report Brief: Don't Let Capex-Based Budgets Dampen Your Cloud Plans

    Build The Case For Your Capex-Focused Industry To Embrace Opex
    October 18, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas, Lauren E. Nelson

    The business technology (BT) shift toward cloud and external services has begun, moving costs from capital expenditures (capex) to operating expenditures (opex). This can be a fundamental...

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    Report Evolve Or Crumble: Prepare For The Fate Of The Hardware Incumbents

    Traditional Infrastructure Players Evolve Their Strategies To Compete In A Cloud-First World
    August 29, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas, Richard Fichera

    The cloud is driving increasingly customer-centric and data-rich services, and this infrastructure shift continues to transform and cannibalize hardware markets. The major technology incumbents...

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    Report Develop Infrastructure Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    August 19, 2016 | Richard Fichera, Sophia I. Vargas

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for developing effective objectives and metrics to transform your infrastructure practice in the service of your business technology (BT) agenda. A...

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    Report Understand Public Cloud Pricing Strategies To Save Money Today And Tomorrow

    Public Cloud Pricing Isn't Simple, But Savvy Buyers Can Save Plenty

    Public cloud pricing is not as simple as many claim. Now that cloud is the preferred platform for apps that win, serve, and retain customers, adoption and spending are both up. Clients often seek...

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    Report Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q2 2016

    Mitaka Summit Quantifies Enterprise Adoption And Focuses On Usability

    Cloud computing is a linchpin of a digital business. While the major public cloud providers have their own proprietary platforms, hybrid services that include private cloud favor the OpenStack...

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    Report Simplify Your Hybrid Infrastructure Strategy With Cloud Exchanges

    How Colocation And Interconnection Partners Can Help Support Your Multicloud Future
    February 17, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas, Andre Kindness

    As the cloud market matures, more critical business applications will continue to move into cloud environments. In this increasingly hybrid environment, infrastructure and operations (I&O)...

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    Report Develop Cloud Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Cloud Computing Playbook
    February 5, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson, Sophia I. Vargas

    Crafting and measuring the right metrics for your cloud strategy objectives is essential for success. You must measure cloud computing in business terms, which likely isn't the natural leaning of...

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    Report Millennials Will Revolutionize Technology Management

    Take Notice of Millennials During Your I&O Transformation
    February 4, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas

    As the workforce ages, organizations should be prepared to adjust recruitment strategies and established technology practices. As the portion of younger employees in your organization becomes more...

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    Report Brief: Top 10 Facts Every I&O Pro Should Know About Cloud Economics

    All Business Runs On Money, But This Money Is Different
    January 7, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas, Lauren E. Nelson

    Cloud's economic model is truly unique. It extends beyond basic variability and dictates how your cloud provider frames its services. Whether a cloud skeptic following a cloud-first mandate or one...

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    Report The Truth Behind Enterprise-Class Cloud

    The Public Cloud Is Ready For The Enterprise; Determine If You Are Too

    The hyperscale public cloud platform providers have steadily improved service reliability, performance, and security to the point where their service levels exceed those of most enterprise data...

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