The 451 Group's Cloud Computing Outlook for 2010

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Flexibility over cost: Clouds have profoundly changed the cost equation, but TCO benefits require reinforcement, especially in private clouds. While cloud vendors will continue to tout ROI advantages in the current economic environment, we continue to find that among enterprise adopters, flexibility outweighs cost savings as the main driver for cloud adoption

451 Principal Analyst and Founder, William Fellows has published a report presenting The 451 Group's analysis of the cloud computing outlook for 2010. Reports such as this one are available to subscribers of 451 Research's CloudScape Service and for sale to the public.

Synopsis of Report

End users report restrictive license terms continue to throttle back cloud adoption. They're seeking better approaches from software manufacturers towards licensing in the cloud. Users will increasingly seek open source alternatives.

While security is a growing concern, most organizations indicate they believe it is manageable. Users will take pragmatic approaches to security in the cloud.

Cloud has become the meeting point for development and operations. The 451 Group believes a new class of team, which we call DevOps, will emerge. Agile development and deployment will be the goal.

Integrated workspaces are emerging as a spear tip of cloud adoption.

It is clear that a first step in assessing the readiness of existing applications for running on cloud is to make them available to users through AppStore-like self service catalog. Then, understanding the cost of these services and their SLAs will help determine what the strategic future for each should be: public, private, hybrid or none of these.

About CloudScape Research Service

451 CloudScape is an interdisciplinary research and advisory program from the 451 Group and Tier1 Research, providing detailed insight, advice and analysis targeting cloud practitioners.

CloudScape draws on the unique expertise of The 451, with its ten year history of insight into grid, utility, and cloud computing, and Tier1 Research, the leading analyst company covering hosting, internet infrastructure and IT services.

About 451 Research

451 Research is a business unit of The 451 Group and is an independent technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company - at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations - rely on 451 Research's insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making for competitive advantage.

The 451 Group operates 451 Research, Tier1 Research and The Uptime Institute. Tier1 Research is an independent division of The 451 Group that analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet infrastructure sectors. The Uptime Institute provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, as well as independent research and thought leadership for the enterprise datacenter industry and for datacenter professionals. The Uptime Institute's datacenter engineering and management consulting arm, Uptime Institute Professional Services - formerly known as ComputerSite Engineering - helps clients develop and execute solutions that are responsive to their unique business needs in order to ensure that their datacenters are managed for uninterruptible uptime over sustained periods.

The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London and Boston.

For additional information on The 451 Group or to apply for trial access to its services, go to: http://www.the451group.com or http://www.tier1research.com.

For additional information on The Uptime Institute and its services, go to http://www.uptimeinstitute.org.

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