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The Cloud Computing Playbook For 2017

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Cloud computing can be a game-changer for your company and its customers — but it's also rife with misinformation. Confusing cloud definitions and erroneously identified "cloud" solutions impede...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services In Europe, Q3 2017

    The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    July 18, 2017 | Paul Miller, Lauren E. Nelson

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of hosted private cloud service providers in the European market, we identified the seven most significant — CenturyLink, IBM, Interoute, NTT Communications, OVH,...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services In Asia Pacific, Q2 2017

    Datapipe Leads With A Competitive Customer Experience
    June 29, 2017 | Charlie Dai, Lauren E. Nelson

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of hosted private cloud service providers in Asia Pacific, we identified the seven most significant ones — CenturyLink, Datapipe, Fujitsu, IBM, NTT Communications,...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services, North America, Q2 2017

    Virtustream, Rackspace, And Datapipe Lead, Focusing On Moving Up The Stack With Management Services

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of North American hosted private cloud service providers, we identified the nine most significant — CenturyLink, Datapipe, IBM, INAP, NTT DATA, OVH, Rackspace,...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Private Cloud In China, 2017

    Pick The Appropriate Private Cloud Solutions To Build The Foundation For Your Digital Transformation
    April 19, 2017 | Travis Wu, Frank Liu

    Private cloud is becoming a driving force behind enterprise digital transformation. But infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals seeking to adopt private cloud face challenges in...

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    Report Adoption Profile: Private Cloud in North America, Q1 2017

    March 22, 2017 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Private cloud adoption is thriving in North America. With increasing interest in public cloud migration, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are concerned about private cloud...

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    Report Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In Europe, Q1 2017

    March 3, 2017 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Private cloud is alive and well in Europe. With enterprise interest in migration to public cloud increasing, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are concerned about their private...

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    Report Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud In North America And Europe, Q1 2017

    Hosted Private Cloud Finds A Key Role In Hybrid Strategies And Cloud Migration
    February 16, 2017 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Previously off the radar, public cloud migration (e.g., moving existing workloads) became the top infrastructure and operations (I&O) cloud focus in 2016. Although our data confirms this public...

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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

    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 Refine Your Cloud Maturity Through Continual Assessment

    Continuous Improvement: The Cloud Computing Playbook
    October 21, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders plan to refresh their strategies to determine the next stage in their cloud evolution, Forrester recommends three key measurement and comparison...

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    Report Forrester Data: Private Cloud Solutions Forecast, 2016 To 2021 (Global)

    ForecastView Spreadsheet
    October 17, 2016 | Jennifer Adams

    Private cloud adoption is alive and well. Private cloud offers the best of both worlds, with public cloud-like features but typically offering enterprises the protection of a firewall and use of...

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    Report The State Of Cloud Platform Standards, Q4 2016

    Standards Bodies And Open Source Foundations Learn To Play Nice
    October 14, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in. Without...

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    Report Q&A: Understanding Private Clouds That Failed

    Identifying Commonalities Of Unsuccessful Private Clouds
    September 6, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    It's hard to get private cloud right. Forrester has lamented its lack of success for years, pointing out how few private cloud environments met basic functionality requirements. But infrastructure...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Hosted Private Cloud, Q3 2016

    This Cloud Model Brings Both Temporary And Persistent Customer Benefits
    August 24, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals wisely continue to adopt cloud for their business technology agendas. Cloud purists concentrate primarily on public services, and cloud skeptics...

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    Report Quick Take: Cloud Foundry Summit, Q2 2016

    May 26, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Enterprise private cloud strategies are shifting to focus on developers — not optimized infrastructure. Developer productivity at scale demands user ease, multicloud platform support and...

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    Report TechRadar™: BT Infrastructure, Q2 2016

    Road Map: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    May 9, 2016 | Andre Kindness, Robert Stroud

    Software has turned the infrastructure world upside down. Hardware speeds and feeds no longer dominate infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals' criteria; they know that the fastest...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Private Cloud Software Solutions, Q2 2016

    Varied Building Blocks Lay The Foundation, But It's Up To You To Make It A True Private Cloud
    April 12, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Enterprises turn to the private cloud market for fast provisioning of resources, delivering public cloud-like capabilities internally. However, this market comprises more than one category of...

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    Report Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q1 2016

    March 2, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Hosted private cloud takes characteristics from both internal private environments and public cloud to create a third infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) deployment model. Despite its later entry,...

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    Report Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q1 2016

    February 16, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    What's the future of private cloud? In North America, private cloud interest and adoption is alive and well. Many North American organizations fall short of a true cloud, but the intent is there....

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    Report Brief: Huawei Is Progressing Toward BT With Cloud Moves

    Huawei Technologies Has An Established, China-Focused Cloud Strategy
    February 1, 2016 | Frank Liu

    Huawei's Cloud Congress event provided a glimpse into the firm's progress toward becoming an enterprise cloud vendor. Since entering the enterprise space in 2011, Huawei Technologies has bolstered...

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    Report Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In Europe, Q1 2016

    European Adopters Focus On Private Clouds For Test/Dev Purposes
    January 25, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    Private cloud is certainly not dead in Europe: A near majority of business and tech decision-makers have adopted private cloud or are planning to within the next year. While most efforts in Europe...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Private Cloud Software Suites, Q1 2016

    How The Top Nine Private Cloud Software Suites Stack Up
    January 19, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson

    In Forrester's 40-criteria evaluation of private cloud solution vendors, we identified the nine most significant software providers — BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Hewlett Packard...

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    Report The Truth Behind Enterprise-Class Cloud

    The Public Cloud Is Ready For The Enterprise; Determine If You Are Too
    December 18, 2015 | Dave Bartoletti, Lauren E. Nelson

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

    Forrester's External Computing Service Model Definitions And Assessment
    December 1, 2015 | John R. Rymer, Dave Bartoletti

    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 —...

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    Report TechRadar™: Cloud Computing, Q4 2015

    November 24, 2015 | Naveen Chhabra

    Cloud service providers are quickly rolling out innovative cloud services, and, for a growing number of enterprises, cloud-first is a preferred strategy. Enterprises are facing more competition...