Infrastructure Slideshow: Gartner's Cloud Computing Outlook 2011

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-10-2011

Gartner's Cloud Computing Outlook 2011

$112 billion$112 billion is what enterprises will spend over the next six years cumulatively on cloud-related technologies such as SaaS, PaaS and Iaas

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Cloud computing may elevate the leadership profile of the CIOThat's because it requires more steering (as opposed to rowing) within the organization.

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Key characteristics of "as-a-service" cloud technologies:• Pay as you go/use• Turn on/turn off as you wish• Multi-tenant and not simply an outsourcing of apps

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Leading accelerating factors for cloud:• Client/server, on-premise-based license sales in Western markets still relatively anemic• Major ongoing supply-side consolidation• Service models no longer "lunatic fringe"

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Which enterprise functions will be outsourced in the new world of cloud computing?• Enterprise social networks• Next-gen mobile apps• Multi-enterprise collaborative services• Social intelligence apps

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Impact of cloud culture upon the enterprise:• Smaller, shorter projects• Open source and lower-cost proprietary development tools• Younger talent working with newer tools

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