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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)

5 Smart Steps for Making Your Apps Work in the Cloud

Often when we discuss moving to the cloud, we’re talking about transferring existing applications to the cloud. Google App Engine and Engine Yard have given developers new tools to build apps in the cloud (PaaS style). For many businesses, though, such an approach to building applications can only come after they have moved their existing apps to [...] The post 5 Smart Steps for Making Your Apps Work in the Cloud appeared first on Gathering Clouds. ... (more)

Navigating the Crowded Cloud Market

Whenever you go shopping there are usually a few factors that determine what you buy and what you pass up. One is obviously money (though we all wish this wasn’t the case). Price can be a deciding factor, but often we will pay a little more for something if it offers measurable value. Another factor is trust: Do you know what’s being sold? Do you trust who’s selling it? Can you trust that it will fulfill your needs? The flipside of trust is often chance: Are you willing to take a chance on a new product that will hopefully deliver the same or better results than your tried-and-t... (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)