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2016 Planning Guide for Cloud Computing and Virtualization

Published: 02 October 2015

ID: G00280462

Analyst(s): Elias Khnaser , Jason Normanton, Mindy Cancila, Alan Waite , Mark Diodati , Mark Lockwood , Kyle Hilgendorf


Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world. In 2016, IT must prioritize the progress toward transforming the organization to be "cloud-first" to enable the expansion of digital business initiatives that are agile, scalable and unpredictable.

Table Of Contents

Cloud and Virtualization Trends

  • Public Cloud Providers Continue to Innovate, Reduce Risks and Drive Cost-Efficiency
    • Planning Considerations
  • Corporate IT Will Continue to Live in a Hybrid IT World in 2016 and Beyond
    • Planning Considerations
  • The Allure of On-Premises Private Clouds Will Fade for Most Traditional Organizations
    • Planning Considerations
  • Server Virtualization Commoditizes, Desktop Virtualization Expands and Containers Emerge
    • Planning Considerations

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