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Editor’s note: Gathering Clouds is pleased to welcome noted thought leader and Cloud Player David Linthicum as a regular contributor. David is a renown expert in all things cloud computing, SOA,  Health IT, SaaS, Big Data, and many more IT related topics. Check back every week for more from David! ____ By David Linthicum - The use of Big Data with predictive analytics systems layered on top has a tremendous amount of potential in the healthcare market.  Indeed, when paired with cloud-based platforms, there is the potential to become more cost effective, and much better at delivering healthcare services. Big data analytics can perform miracles for the cloud-enabled healthcare organization. The fact of the matter is that most healthcare providers are under-funded, which leads to being under-automated and under-innovative.  Moreover, there seems to be a growing chasm... (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)

Is Cloud Computing Meeting Its Expectations?

One issue relative to cloud computing that keeps critics well fed is the degree to which expectations and realities of the technology all too often don’t sync. Add to the mix a large degree of expected hype around buzzy marketing concepts, and what companies expect going into switching to cloud and what they get can feel problematically let-down-ish. So what does the internet think? Excerpt from the Facebook Cloud Computing Group Facebook surprisingly chimed in with some of the most rapid responses. The NSA scandal made an appearance, as did security in the “failing expectations”... (more)

Employees, Cloud, and Company Data: Problem or Reality?

Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Apple iCloud. Chances are if your employees have Internet-connected mobile devices, they are using these and other services to store and transmit your company data — with or without your approval. That’s according to a new study from Enterprise Strategy Group, which found that while more than 75 percent of companies it surveyed had policies that prohibit the use of online file sharing and related tools, by and large their employees went ahead and used them anyway. As Computerworld’s Lucas Mearian reports: “Even if employees are physically prohibi... (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)