Cloud Computing in 2011: 3 Trends Changing Business Adoption

The various cloud markets and services will start making more sense to business buyers in 2011, according to a new Forrester report, with the midmarket embracing public clouds and enterprises sticking with virtualization as a prelude to private clouds. Here are three significant ways cloud adoption will shift this year.

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The business benefits of a cloud computing model have been well stated. You cut costs by switching to more flexible on-demand IT resources that can better handle the ebb and flow technology needs at a company.

But adopting a cloud model for your company is a multifaceted decision-making process. Before even sitting down at the negotiating table with a vendor, IT managers and CIOs need to make sure their infrastructures are virtualized and cloud-ready, and that they have a firm grasp of their own security and compliance regulations.

The cloud is also a world with various layers and choices. Do you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud model? Do you use the cloud for software or your whole infrastructure? Are you a formal (enterprise IT) buyer or an informal (mid-market, SMB) buyer, and how does that affect the model you choose?

Then there are the different service models, aka the "aaS" acronyms: SaaS (software-as-a-service), IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and PaaS (platform-as-a-service).

As these different cloud markets and services splinter off in 2011, business adoption will shift in three significant ways, according to Forrester's 2011 Tech Industry Predictions report.

Public Cloud Uptake Will Be Driven by Informal Buyers

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