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)
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
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)
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)
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)
One of the key aspects of cloud’s value to an organization is the way in
which its implementation and processes can impact the bottom line of a
business. Automation, in particular, is an issue in the cloud that can have a
major effect on cost, and there are two major ways to think about what
generates the automation ethos that informs a company’s cloud strategy.
From the engineering perspective, if something needs to be done more than
once, it should be automated. This saves times and effort, becomes a
repeatable task, and since it was automated, everything comes out uniform.