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November 29, 2012

New Cloud Model to Emerge as CIOs Emphasize Plans on Public Services

At this stage in the cloud computing era, much conjecture remains as to how cloud will continue to evolve over the next few years as CIOs ascertain how to best leverage the cloud for their respective businesses.

Recent Forrester (News - Alert) analysis pegs Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) models as becoming more flexible by allowing greater customization and integration.

“Look for more pragmatic cloud development platforms that cross the traditional cloud service boundaries of SaaS (News - Alert), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and IaaS. And look for good private and public cloud options – and simpler ways of integrating private-public hybrids,” Forrester analyst John R. Rymer wrote in this Computerworld blog post.

Citing recent research, Rymer predicts that IaaS, PaaS and SaaS boundaries will fail in the sense that no cloud will be an island, but rather need to exist in the whole of cloud platform ecosystems.

“SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS will remain distinct but expand to anchor cloud platform ecosystems that weave together application, development platform, and infrastructure services. Business services built in these ecosystems will be easier to develop, better performing, more secure, and more cost-efficient,” Rymer said.?

In addition, Forrester predicts that service catalogs will help unify enterprise-cloud consumption.

“As developers and business leaders adopt multiple cloud services, CIOs will implement unified consumption systems,” he continued. “The key need: A service catalog that bolts new services into your portfolio to simplify consumption, operational management, and financial control. Single sign-on solutions are required.”

Finally, Rymer predicts that enterprise clouds will balance code-free tools with developer control.

“Developers will continue to demand both highly productive tools and transparency and control over the application servers, databases, and other platform layers when needed. The services that succeed for enterprises will strike the right balance between abstraction and control,” he said.

Looking ahead, Forrester predicts that that a new model for cloud platforms will emerge, known as the “IaaS-Plus” model, which will be the second type of major model in addition to PaaS.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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