Gartner Research

2014 Planning Guide for Cloud Computing

Published: 03 October 2013

ID: G00254789

Analyst(s): Erik Heidt , Simon Richard, Drue Reeves , Sean Kenefick , Kyle Hilgendorf


Cloud computing is no longer a new concept, and many organizations have been consuming cloud services for the past several years. However, in 2014, many organizations will look to move cloud computing past the early phase and constrained use cases and into more widespread, production adoption.

Table Of Contents


Macro Trends Overview

Cloud Computing Trends

  • Cloud Computing's Important Role in the Nexus of Forces
    • Planning Consideration for Cloud Computing's Important Role in the Nexus of Forces
  • Evolution of the Cloud Customer
    • Time and Experience With Public and Private Clouds
    • The Hybrid IT Model
    • Viability of Internal, Private Clouds
    • Planning Considerations for Evolution of the Cloud Customer
  • Evolution of the Cloud Provider
    • Blending and Stratification of Cloud Services
    • Separation of Megaproviders and Specialty Providers From the Field
    • Enterprise-Grade Cloud Services
    • Competition With Internal, Private Clouds
    • Planning Considerations for Evolution of the Cloud Provider
  • Progress of Hybrid Cloud
    • Hybrid Cloud Networking
    • Hybrid Cloud Services
    • Cloud Services Brokers
    • Planning Considerations for Hybrid Cloud
  • Developing Cloud-Native Applications
    • Agile Momentum Driving Development of Cloud Initiatives
    • SaaS Development Tools
    • Cloud-Native Services
    • Availability and Failure Design
    • Production Coming From Behind
    • Planning Considerations for Developing Cloud-Native Applications
  • Cloud Risk Management
    • Risk Assessment, Audit and Provider Evaluation
    • Planning Considerations for Cloud Risk Management

Setting Priorities

  • Build a Cloud Adoption Strategy and Maturity Plan
  • Architect for Hybrid IT and Multiprovider Solutions
  • Plan for Hybrid Cloud
  • Update Supplier Assessment Practices to Include Cloud Considerations

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