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The people assigned to rethink the role of cloud computing by those charged with HIPAA best practices management and security have a daunting task on their hands these days.  There are many decisions that should be made, and not a lot of emerging information and best practices. However, as more cloud providers hit the market, many are offering HIPAA-compliant cloud services.  At least, that’s what they are selling.  The trick is to arm yourself with enough information to make sure you make the right choices, and move in the right directions. The most important best practice is to understand the existing requirements, and then understand how the emerging uses of cloud computing could provide compliant and secure HIPAA solutions.  The good news is that this is not the first time we’ve dealt with HIPAA data outside of our own data centers; we’ve been working with manag... (more)

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Future of Cloud Infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned. When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds. A recent Business Technology Roundtable blog post delved into an IDC study, finding that companies are increasingly leveraging hosted private clouds. IDC points to the hosted private cloud as the new backb... (more)

6 Cloud Fools

In honor of April Fools’ Day, here are six of the most backward statements made about cloud. In no particular order: Facepalm. What's the most ridiculous thing you've heard said about cloud? 1. “Technical IT jobs will be massively threatened [by cloud computing]. Automation based on provisioning functions to commodity hardware will not require much in the way of skills, and for the majority of data centers it will be lights out.” — this post by Pete Swabey 2. “One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control. … It’s just as bad as using ... (more)

Cloud Player – Dana Gardner, President, Interarbor Solutions, Part 2

We recently had the pleasure of having an extended conversation with Dana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Our discussion covered enterprise cloud adoption, C-suite IT strategies, the changing cloud market, and much more. This is the second of two parts; check out Part 1. Gathering Clouds: It seems to be the trend overall that cloud is the way to go. But there are significant hurdles for organizations to overcome. Dana Gardner: I think the biggest category for that is just complexity. Complexity in terms of how do you deal with so many points of c... (more)

Certifiably Cloud: AWS Announces Accreditation

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)