Gartner's Cloud Computing Outlook 2011

With cloud computing at a critical crossroads, research from Gartner cautions CIOs to manage inherent risks and unexpected costs during what is expected to be a technology revolution. The research examines key issues driving cloud adoption, and seeks to separate reality from hyperbole with respect to cloud computing. In the end, Gartner concludes that cloud computing is, indeed, the future. "The hype around cloud computing services has increased interest, as well as caution, for CIOs trying to determine where, when and if cloud services can provide valuable outcomes for their businesses," says Frank Ridder, research vice president at Gartner. "Cloud computing is driving discontinuity that introduces exciting opportunities and costly challenges. Organizations need to understand these changes and develop realistic cloud sourcing strategies and contracts that can reduce risk." Here are highlights from Gartner's recent findings:

This article was originally published on 05-10-2011
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