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Cloud computing has many benefits, one of which can be accessed through the model of delivery a business uses. Let us know what model works for your business and why on Twitter @CloudGathering. There are good reasons to outsource your cloud computing needs, and there are good reasons to maintain a DIY cloud internally. One of the very first things a company needs to assess is whether IT is a cost of doing business or a profit center. This is an important distinction, and for 60%+ businesses, IT is still a cost of doing business. Whether a cost or profit center, the IT dept. is going to have two kinds of expenses: operational and capital. With capital expenses, Finance depts. will depreciate IT assets, an accounting treatment that reduces the company’s tax burdens by creating a non-cash expense for the technology. Making it rain for your organization with the cloud ca... (more)

Five Private Cloud Pitfalls

There are many reasons to trust the private cloud – from reliability, to security and compliance, to predictability, private cloud can often be the best choice for a business. But just because it’s private doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to its own range of pitfalls. While the shortcomings of public cloud have been widely discussed, it’s important to note that private clouds, too, are associated with  a range of potential pitfalls you ought to be aware of. Private cloud may be the right choice for you, though it is not without its potential pitfalls. 1. Virtualization and clou... (more)

From Rent to Buy with Cloud? Wait a Minute

Piston CTO Josh McKenty predicts a radical shift in the cloud computing space. Building off of his firm’s recent product launch, McKenty — who cofounded Piston in January 2011 — tells IT World that he expects to see a “giant explosion of businesses moving off Amazon Web Services.” Going forward, McKenty says many companies will opt to build their own OpenStack clouds, for example, rather than purchase cloud services. But as IT World’s Nancy Gohring (rightly) notes, that scenario is unlikely to be the case — or is, at the very least, an over-exaggeration. “McKenty obviously has r... (more)

Five Smart Tips for Public Cloud Success

We often discuss the virtues of private and hybrid clouds, since so many companies utilize more complex clouds as they scale. But where public cloud is concerned, we thought we’d share some ideas for how to frame a smart approach to ensure that your public cloud is serving the needs of your business best. Thoughts? Let us know on Twitter @CloudGathering. How can you make your public cloud a success for your business? Multiple availability zone: An important first step to achieve a smart public cloud set up, ensuring your cloud is in multiple availability zones (AZs) sets the sta... (more)

Big Data in the Non-Virtualized Cloud: Myth or Reality?

By Jake Gardner - Cloud is typically approached as a combination of virtualized or bare metal infrastructure. At this stage of the game, to think about cloud is to think at some level about virtualization. Businesses are also looking at some form of orchestration. And the underlying hardware – CPU, RAM, and disk – is becoming commodity for the cloud. Nobody cares what the underlying processor on a server is that’s running in the cloud. They just care about the things that come after: performance, chiefly. We assume in the cloud that there some basic level of automation occurring. ... (more)