2011 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing Technology

Date: January 22, 2011
Pages: 37
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2011 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing Technology
Introduction

Cloud computing is emerging as a major disruptive force for both IT vendors and users. However, in 2011 it is still early days for what many rightfully consider one of the most important IT trends of decade.

Features and benefits
  • Analyzes how cloud computing has been growing and predicts how it will impact IT in 2011.
  • Explains how public clouds are converging and becoming more business-centric, and how private and hybrid clouds are emerging.
  • Explains the current trends and 2011 predictions for IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS.
Highlights

It is no longer a question of whether enterprises will use cloud computing – they already are. However, many suppliers and users have yet to figure out how to take advantage of cloud computing's various components.Cloud computing is growing slowly but surely; public clouds are converging and becoming more business-centric.

Your key questions answered
  • What can cloud computing do in the various industries, and how can I exploit the cloud for my business?
  • What are the key trends in cloud computing and how will they change in 2011?
SUMMARY

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KEY MESSAGES

BUSINESS TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS

What cloud computing can do

CLOUD COMPUTING GROWS SLOWLY BUT SURELY, AND KEEPS IT ON ITS TOES

Slow growth, relationship evolution, and industry convergence
Increasingly hybrid
From "What is cloud computing?" to "How do I take advantage of it?"
The rise of "good enough" well-governed IT
Cloud support systems are coming of age; mentalities need to follow
  Cloud computing drives API-centric IT
Cloud computing keeps pushing the technology envelope
The public sector remains as influential as ever

PUBLIC CLOUDS CONVERGE AND BECOME MORE BUSINESS-CENTRIC

The continuing economic crisis makes it easier for public clouds while public cloud investments continue apace
From technology to ecosystem view
Consolidation and commoditization will not happen to as large an extent as expected
The "Intercloud" is still a few years away
Security and compliance continue to be enterprise priorities
Performance issues will come to the fore
SLAs will continue to improve
Data-as-a-service will take off
Difficulties will fuel backlash

IAAS TAKES OFF, BUT GETS COMPLICATED

Production and internationalization
Diversification then standardization
Compute, network, and storage evolution
Increasingly complex pricing

PAAS IS THE NEXT BIG OPPORTUNITY

PaaS emerges in 2011
PaaS will be reinvented in 2011
Towards specialization and abstraction
PaaS will increasingly influence the multi-tenancy debate

SAAS EXPLODES, EXPANDS, AND COMBINES

IaaS- and PaaS-based SaaS is rising
Business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) and service-with-software will be strengthened
SaaS combinations will emerge
SaaS will shift from price to licensing flexibility

PRIVATE CLOUDS EMERGE, WITH A FOCUS ON COST-AWARE SERVICE DELIVERY

Private clouds come into their own
Private clouds slowly move from technology- to user-centric service delivery
Private clouds expand the focus of IT investments from customer to user satisfaction
Private clouds result in financially aware data centers

HYBRID CLOUDS REFLECT A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO CLOUD COMPUTING

More hybrid offerings will continue to emerge
Virtual private clouds will become fashionable
Integration, visibility, and orchestration will take time to emerge
Integrated portals will emerge
Hybrid offerings help traditional ones get a foot in the door

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations for enterprises
  Consider whether you are ready for cloud computing, not just whether cloud computing is ready for you
  Do not overload your cloud services
  Head up, take stock, and create your own recipes
  Remain in control of your choices
  Get inspired by public clouds
  Move towards increasingly shared and service-centric IT
  Focus on strategic competencies
  Cloud computing requires governance, but slowly does it
  Be proactive with cost management
  Do not overestimate or underestimate QoS issues such as security
  Leverage public cloud SLA competition
  Demand integrated offerings
  Always have a “Plan B”
Recommendations for vendors
  Weave cloud computing into your strategy
  Train specialists and adapt systems, processes, and metrics
  Engage companies with a long-term view
  Focus on the business outcome rather than technical issues
  Talk the talk, but keep the CIO on side
  Provide "try-before-you-buy" options
  Be ready to show the numbers
  Take a fresh look at SLAs
  Help users’ governance efforts
  Help enterprises make the right technology and design choices
  Adopt strategies to mitigate lock-in risk
  Think PaaS
  Petition politicians

APPENDIX

Definitions
  Cloud computing
  Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)
  Multi-tenant architecture
  Platform-as-a-service (PaaS)
  Private cloud
  Public clouds
  Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Methodology
Further reading
Lead author
Ovum Consulting
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