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2011 Cloud Computing Planning Guide: The Shift to Hybrid IT

Published: 15 March 2011

ID: G00210316

Analyst(s): Drue Reeves


Cloud computing continues to be a rapidly growing, volatile, and largely immature market that is full of providers with varying degrees of service types and quality. Security, liability, licensing, and provider lock-in remain top public cloud issues and now stand to stymie cloud computing's phenomenal growth. In 2011, the cloud computing market will attempt to create "enterprise-grade clouds" by using cloud security standards, increased transparency, and negotiable service-level agreements to address these issues. In the meantime, IT organizations will build a hybrid IT architectures that can take advantage of the public cloud's benefits while hosting critical applications and data internally. In this Planning Guide, VP and Distinguished Analyst Drue Reeves examines the cloud computing market and the steps IT organizations must take to build a hybrid IT architecture.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


Industry Overview

  • Macro Trends
    • Externalization
    • Consumerization
    • Democratization
  • Cloud Computing Trends
    • Volatile and Rapidly Evolving Market
    • Hybrid IT
    • Cloud Enabling Products
    • Cloud Security, Terms and Conditions, and Enterprise-Grade Clouds
    • Cloud Brokers and Hybrid Clouds
    • Cloud-Educated IT Personnel

Setting Priorities

Recommended Reading


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