Cloud computing ownership is traditionally seen as the province of CIO or
CTO, and where those roles don’t exist in an organization, the VP or even
Director/Manager of IT oversees cloud implementation.
However, with more business units accessing cloud platforms for a variety of
purposes, the range of required buy-in has similarly increased: the CFO is
now a primary consideration in the way a business integrates with the cloud,
as do marketing, sales, as well as other business unit heads within the
But the CEO isn’t concerned about the technical aspects of what cloud
delivers in the way that it is germane for even marketing and sales to
understand how cloud process work at least on a fundamental level. Those
groups utilizing Salesforce or different automation platforms need some
technical ability to sync systems or specialize the platform.
CEOs and dir... (more)
Are you AWS certified?
Last week several reporters, including Gathering Clouds friend in the field
Barb Darrow, analyzed Amazon’s recent announcement of its cloud
certification program. Widely seen as a positive move for the company, the
announcement does raise some questions.
As Barb Darrow notes:
Older tech companies — Microsoft, IBM, VMware, Cisco Systems — have long
relied on certifications as a way for people — either those inside IT shops
or at third-party VARs and integrators (and those seeking jobs in either
camp) — to show that they have what it takes to succeed working... (more)
Joe Panettieri is EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media
We recently had the pleasure to sit down for an extended chat with Joe
Panettieri, EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media. Our discussion
covered a range of topics including VMware’s ongoing battle with AWS, the
limits of applicability for MSPs, exits from the cloud space, and much
This is the second of 2 parts, check out Part 1 here.
GC: What’s your perspective on the VMware/Amazon story that’s been
developing over the last little while?
JP: I think we’re seeing an “anything but Amazon” industry eme... (more)
Choosing a cloud vendor is all too often an exercise in what you’re willing
to give up, instead of what you are able to gain.
The truth is, just with any business relationship, there is a necessary give
and take. But with infrastructure, the degree of importance to that
relationship has real claims on your ability to do business the way you need
In that light, choosing a cloud provider who is best able to understand and
map solutions to your goals is the most important metric in your decision
making. However, there are a few other key considerations that are important
to fa... (more)
Those who think cloud computing requires no forethought or planning are dead
wrong. Considering the fact that cloud computing is a truly complex
distributed architecture, there is a lot to think about in terms of what
components are leveraged (e.g., storage, compute, database, etc.), how they
are configured, governance and security, and monitoring and management. Just
to scratch the surface.
Thus, those who implement cloud computing need to get smart around how to
approach the architecture. Many skip this step or role and move directly to
the good stuff, the technology. A lac... (more)