Lauren Nelson

VP, Research Director

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Announcing the Forrester Wave: Private Cloud Software Suites, Q1 2016

Lauren Nelson January 20, 2016
Anyone familiar to Forrester knows the Wave drill: 1) we take the top vendors in a space, 2) do a massive data collection process, 3) evaluate each, and 4) share our findings. We've been evaluating this market since Q2 2011. For our 2016 evaluation, we used 40-criteria to evaluate the following vendors — BMC, Cisco, […]
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Internal and hosted private cloud adoption in 2013

Lauren Nelson March 28, 2014
Over the past couple months, I've published adoption profiles on both internal and hosted private cloud in North America and Europe. If you haven't read them, they can be found at the following links:  Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q3 2013 Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q3 2013 Adoption […]
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Predictions For 2014: Private Cloud Management

Lauren Nelson February 3, 2014
Every year Forrester publishes our overall cloud computing predictions which occasionally includes one or two private cloud predictions. With current private cloud self-reported adoption at 33% and 55% prioritizing building an internal private cloud in 2014, we thought it was time to create a report that focuses just on this deployment type. This year we published […]
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Overview of Healthcare.gov’s Tech Challenges

Lauren Nelson December 24, 2013
Before jumping into the Healthcare.gov case study, I wanted to highlight an announcement that was overshadowed by the press surrounding the Healthcare.gov story: Verizon Compute Cloud & Verizon Storage Cloud. Verizon made a signifcant announcement regarding its new public cloud solution that veered away from its original "enterprise cloud" messaging and towards a commodity based […]
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Three Vendors Rise To The Top Of The Private Cloud Market

Lauren Nelson November 25, 2013
In Q2 2011, Forrester wrote one of the market's first private cloud vendor evaluations which scored vendors on ten criteria. Over the past two years private cloud has shifted from concept to reality with 55% of enterprise hardware decision makers planning to build an internal private cloud in 2014 (up from 29% in 2011) according […]
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Four Common Approaches To Private Cloud

Lauren Nelson October 28, 2013
In 2012, I wrote a blog titled Private Cloud: 'Everyone's Got One, Where's Yours?' which looked at the perception of private cloud versus the reality of the environments that carry this name. Although reported interest and adoption were high, most environments fell short of the basic characteristics of cloud. Almost 1.5 years later, Forrester continues […]
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Four Common Approaches To Private Cloud

Lauren Nelson October 28, 2013
In 2012, I wrote a blog titled Private Cloud: 'Everyone's Got One, Where's Yours?' which looked at the perception of private cloud versus the reality of the environments that carry this name. Although reported interest and adoption were high, most environments fell short of the basic characteristics of cloud. Almost 1.5 years later, Forrester continues […]
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Hosted private cloud Wave complete but no leaders identified

Lauren Nelson February 13, 2013
In 2011, my colleague James Staten and I published two light-weight vendor assessments on the private cloud and public cloud market. These solutions sit at the extremes of the IaaS market. To kick off 2013, I published a full vendor evaluation of a market that sits in between these two IaaS deployment types — hosted […]
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CIMI v1.0 Is Here!

Lauren Nelson August 29, 2012
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) is best known in the cloud standards world for its Open Virtualization Format (OVF) specification that’s been highly adopted by cloud vendors today and is considered the first and only true standard in the IaaS space. But as of late, the focus has been solving the interoperability challenges in […]
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Working On A Hosted Private Cloud Wave

Lauren Nelson July 25, 2012
Last year, my colleague, James Staten, and I published evaluations of the (internal) private cloud and public cloud markets — this year we’re going to fill in the remaining gap in the IaaS space, by publishing a Forrester Wave evaluation on Hosted Private Cloud Solutions. Vendors participating in this report will be evaluated on key […]
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Private Cloud: ‘Everyone’s Got One. Where’s Yours?’

Lauren Nelson May 22, 2012
Sound familiar? Executives across the globe feel peer and competitive pressure to “get to yes” on private cloud. This burden falls on IT to provide a cloud solution — oh, and by the way, we need it by the end of the year. With this clock ticking, it’s hard to think about private cloud strategically. […]
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