Dave Bartoletti

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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Predictions 2019: Cloud Computing Comes Of Age As The Foundation For Enterprise Digital Transformation

Dave Bartoletti November 8, 2018

Last year, Forrester predicted that cloud computing would radically accelerate enterprise transformation everywhere. After a decade of powering small and medium business success — and giving disruptive companies the tools and technologies they needed to compete head on with the world’s largest firms — cloud was poised to drive significant enterprise change in the very firms being […]

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Cloud-Native And Open Source Enterprise Transformation Stole The Show At SpringOne

Dave Bartoletti October 16, 2018

The annual SpringOne event, held in D.C. a few weeks back, was full of exciting, detailed, and compelling stories of enterprise transformation. This wasn’t a show about open source disrupting a proprietary technology stack — it was a celebration of how open source and new ways of building software are helping large, global enterprises transform into […]

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Predictions 2018: Cloud Computing Accelerates Enterprise Transformation Everywhere

Dave Bartoletti November 7, 2017

It’s already that time of year again: pumpkin spice and predictions for the New Year! Forrester’s Cloud team has been busy gathering, analyzing and prioritizing our predictions for what’s ahead in enterprise cloud computing for 2018. As our 2018 cloud predictions published today, here’s a sneak peek into what we see ahead for the most […]

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Yes, Cloud Is Still Safe Despite The AWS Outage - UPDATE

Dave Bartoletti March 2, 2017

UPDATE 2016-03-02: Less than 48 hours after the failure, AWS has published a detailed analysis of what went wrong. As we'd hoped, the analysis is extremely transparent, direct, and outlines the actions AWS is taking to mitigate the risk of future failure. If you don't have time to read the details, here's the lowdown: As […]

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Take The Wheel: Build Your Cloud Computing Strategic Plan NOW

Dave Bartoletti November 7, 2016

Are you excited by all the new innovations coming in the cloud computing market for 2017? Our Predictions report neatly summarizes them for you. Now what are you going to do about it? If you’re like the majority of infrastructure and operations pros I speak with about cloud, building a strategic plan to get your […]

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Forrester Predictions: Ten Key Developments In Cloud Computing Shape The Industry In 2017

Dave Bartoletti November 2, 2016

I’m pleased to announce that Forrester’s cloud computing predictions for 2017 published this morning! Check out Predictions 2017: Customer-Obsessed Enterprises Launch Cloud’s Second Decade. Our cloud team has gathered ten key developments in cloud computing that will shape this industry in 2017 — and what you should do about them today. Cloud computing has been the most […]

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Cloud Technologies Will Power The Most Successful Businesses In 2015

Dave Bartoletti November 13, 2014

What's ahead for cloud computing in 2015? Check out our report for Forrester's take on the most important trends in cloud computing and what you should do about them. In 2014, cloud entered the formal IT portfolio, and technology managers stopped treating cloud as competition. In 2015, cloud technologies will mature into the driving force […]

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How To Transform Your Technology Infrastructure: Our New Playbook Is Your Guide

Dave Bartoletti November 8, 2014

I want to join Glenn O'Donnell in introducing The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook. The entire I&O team has been working on research for this playbook in the last year, and we think it should be your starting point as you plan your infrastructure priorities for 2015.   Cloud and the digital business imperatives you face in […]

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Docker Will Live Up To The Hype And Containers Will Rule The Cloud. Here's What You Need To Know.

Dave Bartoletti October 22, 2014

I've been on the road all month talking about business technology speed. The age of the customer is all about speed. Faster time to market, more frequent software releases, automated server deployments, instant cloud scaling…anything that removes friction from the app dev process is hot as we move into 2015. Docker, the container management juggernaut, […]

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Why Did HP Buy Eucalyptus?

Dave Bartoletti October 22, 2014

Were you surprised by HP's decision to acquire Eucalyptus last month? You weren't alone. HP's move to snap up one of the first open source cloud platform projects left many scratching their heads, especially since Eucalyptus had lost much of its momentum in the last 5 years.  Now that OpenStack has effectively won the battle […]

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Benchmark Your Cloud Adoption Today. Don't Fall Behind Your Peers.

Dave Bartoletti October 22, 2014

Are you ahead of the cloud curve or falling behind your peers? We are definitely in the hypergrowth phase of cloud computing, and 2015 will be a critical year: spending will jump, platforms will mature and consolidate, and cloud will enter the formal IT portfolio, whether IT likes it or not. Where are you on […]

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New Research For The Customer-Obsessed I&O Leader

Dave Bartoletti June 4, 2014

It’s no surprise that digital disruption is everywhere. Empowered customers are disrupting every industry, and infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders must adapt to this new reality. We believe that technology management is in the middle of a new evolutionary cycle that will transform I&O from its traditional role as infrastructure provider to a new role […]

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Understanding Cloud Costs Gets Easier: Amazon Web Services Rolls Out New TCO Calculator

Dave Bartoletti June 4, 2014

Two years ago, I published one of my most popular reports, Understand The True Cost Of Cloud Services. In it I laid out a model to help compare current infrastructure costs against the costs of running equivalent workloads at a traditional hosting provider and in the AWS public cloud. This type of comparison is often […]

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New AWS Management Tool For VMware Is Just That – A New Tool, Not A Cloud Game-Changer

Dave Bartoletti June 4, 2014

The new Amazon Web Services Management Portal for vCenter was launched last week and generated a bit of buzz on Twitter and elsewhere. VMware reacted quite strongly, and I think that makes sense in a hyper-competitive cloud market, but it was a bit out of proportion to the real threat posed by the AWS tool. […]

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OpenStack Matures With Havana: Good-Enough Monitoring & Orchestration

Dave Bartoletti November 5, 2013

What’s our advice to those building out an internal cloud management practice? Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to revamp all of your IT management processes Day 1. Cloud’s not supposed to make things harder, remember. Keep three things in mind from the outset and you have the foundation for a cloud management practice: monitor, standardize, […]

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CSC Buys ServiceMesh for Hybrid Cloud Management

Dave Bartoletti October 30, 2013

The independent ISV market for cloud automation software got smaller today with CSC’s announcement that it will acquire ServiceMesh. I’ve been predicting a take-out of ServiceMesh with my inquiry customers for months, but this was faster than I expected. In short, CSC has picked up one of the few independent hybrid/multi-cloud management vendors. The buy […]

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Breaking Down VMworld 2013: Barcelona Cloud Management Update

Dave Bartoletti October 18, 2013

We recently published our Quick Take report Breaking Down VMworld 2013, covering the San Francisco show. In that doc we talked about the need for VMware to consolidate and clarify its cloud and virtualization management stack. Since Barcelona has become the venue for VMware management announcements, did VMware deliver this week? The short answer is […]

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Cloud Management In A Hybrid Cloud World

Dave Bartoletti August 2, 2013

It's inevitable that the future look of enterprise IT will be a hybrid mix of on- and off-premises services. 45% of companies rely on at least one Software-as-a-Service application today, and a third of companies are already using some form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service at Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, GoGrid, and the like. While your […]

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VMware Targets I&O Buyers With Hybrid Cloud Service

Dave Bartoletti May 22, 2013

VMware pulled back the curtain on its vCloud Hybrid Service today. The concept of a hybrid cloud isn't new, but there are as many definitions of it as there are for cloud itself. Indeed, the beauty of cloud really is in the eye of the beholder, and it's important to align beauty with its beholders. […]

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Dell Grabs Enstratius in Cloud Management Land Grab

Dave Bartoletti May 7, 2013

Dell just picked up Enstratius for an undisclosed amount today, making the cloud management vendor the latest well-known cloud controller to get snapped up by a big infrastructure or OS vendor. Dell will add Enstratius cloud management capabilities to its existing management suite for converged and cloudy infrastructure, which includes element manager and configuration automator […]

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