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What areas does your cloud provider improve to make BYOD a reality for your business? BYOD seems to be an unstoppable trend – it makes users more productive, it reduces costs, and it’s popular. But there are some important issues to consider when embracing BYOD. Dick Bussiere of Arbor Networks has identified access control and network and application visibility as two of the critical areas to understand when implementing BYOD policies for the enterprise, as well as smaller businesses.  With so many businesses choosing to outsource their basic cloud requirements to managed service providers (enabling them to achieve greater cost savings and business agility benefits), the question of how an MSP can also positively shape BYOD strategies is similarly worth asking. However, these are areas where a cloud provider can help.   Visibility and control: With applications and ... (more)

Predictive Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Healthcare

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 deliver... (more)

What Independence in the Cloud Looks Like

Happy July 4th everybody! In celebration of our Day of Independence, Gathering Clouds thought we would explore what it takes to gain vendor freedom in the cloud context. Vendor lock-in is a much discussed issue in the cloud. But on some level, the choices your company makes can determine the degree of lock-in you either exist in or feel on a day-to-day basis. Freedom in the cloud has some costs associated with it, though different costs than freedom overall... There’s a strategic imperative around be agile in your cloud vendor relationships. Lock-in can be detrimental, especiall... (more)

Top Five Cloud Security Myths

While movement to the cloud keeps accelerating, fears about security hang on. Let’s take a look at the most common myths about cloud security that might be holding businesses back from taking advantage of the flexibility and scalability of the cloud model. 1. The cloud is inherently less secure than enterprise data centers. This is the piece of “common sense” that hangs on, but the data just doesn’t bear it out. Alert Logic, a provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, does regular studies of its customers, looking at the actual threats they experienced. For the last few years,... (more)

Will Outsourcing Cloud Impact Your Bottom Line?

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 go... (more)