Analysis of Cloud Computing Awareness of cloud computing continues to increase, as does the subsequent confusion and a gradual understanding of the inevitability of many of the concepts. As cloud begins to move beyond the pure hype stage and into the beginning of mainstream adoption, the questions we are getting on the subject are changing. This Special Report illustrates the evolution of cloud computing. We are working on a Hype Cycle that explores many angles of cloud computing, as it is simplistic to only look at the high-level term itself in terms of hype. As aspects of the cloud begin to move into mainstream adoption, there will be doubts and disillusionment caused by a misunderstanding, overestimation and underestimation, misuse and miscommunication with regard to cloud computing. This is evident in the types of questions that we are getting from our clients. These questions range from "what is cloud computing?" (a reasonable question) to "how do I turn my data center into a cloud." Gartner makes the attempt to begin to not only answer the reasonable questions, but to also position the unreasonable ones into a context that can generate value for those seeking answers. This Special Report contains 29 pieces of research compiled by more than 20 analysts. In this research, we begin to establish what people should do about cloud computing and how it might help, or hurt, them. As such, our research on cloud computing continues to be multidisciplinary and wide-ranging. By its very nature, the subject is broad, exposing risks and opportunities throughout both the IT and the business worlds. The most common questions we get about cloud computing fall primarily into three buckets: "what, why, and when."