Lauren Nelson, Forrester’s private IaaS cloud lead, is an analyst based in Cambridge, MA, serving Infrastructure & Operationals professionals. Her coverage area spans across the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) space with extensive knowledge of the solutions (including internal private, hosted private, and public IaaS), enterprise adoption trends, current state of cloud standardization, and cloud metrics creation. She has advised hundreds of enterprises on embracing cloud economics, cloud strategy development, vendor selection, and overcoming key challenges during deployment and management of cloud environments. Previously, Lauren was a senior research associate on Forrester's infrastructure and operations team. Prior to Forrester, she worked in environmental economics research, focusing on temperature change and racial diversity near SuperFund sites.