Forrester: Cloud computing will never work for some applications

Cloud computing will never take over as the primary way IT services are delivered, according to a recent Forrester report. The reason: Some applications aren’t ready for the Cloud and never will be. 

That’s the message in the report, “Make the Cloud Enterprise Ready.” As analyst James Staten says in the paper, many businesses have processes and workflows that require specific hardware or proprietary software, and they’ll never be able to move to the cloud.

That’s why many businesses will still be using mainframes 20 years from now, Staten says.

However, public cloud computing services do have advantages for businesses, so most organizations will be using a mixture of cloud services and privately hosted systems.

That lines up with the approach many businesses are taking now, which is to keep critical functions and those involving sensitive data in-house, while using cloud services for other areas.

For more on Forrester’s report, go here.

What do you think? Can you picture moving all of your organization’s IT infrastructure to the Cloud at any point in the future? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below.