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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)

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)

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)

Big Data in the Non-Virtualized Cloud: Myth or Reality?

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)

Navigating Cloud Automation Economics

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. Ru... (more)