Gartner: Several trends impacting organizations' cloud strategies

April 2, 2012

Cloud computing exploded onto the enterprise IT landscape during the past few years, helping small and large businesses, government agencies and other organizations reduce costs, improve agility and ascend productivity. With cloud vendors developing more advanced products and services and most companies expected to increase cloud investments, the technology could experience several changes as it becomes more mainstream.

In a recent report, market research firm Gartner explained five cloud computing trends that will impact organizations' cloud strategies over the next three years. According to Gartner, the same trends will be highly discussed at the upcoming Gartner IT Infrastructure and Operations Management Summit, held June 5-7 in Orlando, Florida.

"Cloud computing is a major technology trend that has permeated the market over the last two years. It sets the stage for a new approach to IT that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they'll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models," said David Cearley, VP and Gartner fellow. "Cloud computing has a significant potential impact on every aspect of IT and how users access applications, information and business services."

The report said hybrid cloud computing is becoming imperative, as this IT model enables enterprises to combine external cloud services with internal infrastructure and cloud-based applications. Additionally, the source said organizations will increasingly develop formal cloud strategies that include policies regarding the process of evaluating and implementing individual cloud services. The cloud is expected to influence future data center and operational models, Gartner added, noting that using the cloud in this manner can increase agility and efficiency.

A separate Gartner study revealed adopting cloud services is among the top IT department priorities this year, adding that more companies expect to add Software-as-a-Service products. According to experts, the SaaS model helps businesses avoid costly software licensing fees while improving scalability and mobility.

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