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Cloud computing ownership is traditionally seen as the province of CIO or CTO, and where those roles don’t exist in an organization, the VP or even Director/Manager of IT oversees cloud implementation. However, with more business units accessing cloud platforms for a variety of purposes, the range of required buy-in has similarly increased: the CFO is now a primary consideration in the way a business integrates with the cloud, as do marketing, sales, as well as other business unit heads within the organization. But the CEO isn’t concerned about the technical aspects of what cloud delivers in the way that it is germane for even marketing and sales to understand how cloud process work at least on a fundamental level. Those groups utilizing Salesforce or different automation platforms need some technical ability to sync systems or specialize the platform. CEOs and dir... (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)

Cloud Player – Joe Panettieri, EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media Part 2

Joe Panettieri is EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media We recently had the pleasure to sit down for an extended chat with Joe Panettieri, EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media. Our discussion covered a range of topics including VMware’s ongoing battle with AWS, the limits of  applicability for MSPs, exits from the cloud space, and much more.  This is the second of 2 parts, check out Part 1 here. GC: What’s your perspective on the VMware/Amazon story that’s been developing over the last little while? JP: I think we’re seeing an “anything but Amazon” industry eme... (more)

Five Steps to Making the Right Cloud Provider Choice

Choosing a cloud vendor is all too often an exercise in what you’re willing to give up, instead of what you are able to gain. The truth is, just with any business relationship, there is a necessary give and take. But with infrastructure, the degree of importance to that relationship has real claims on your ability to do business the way you need to. In that light, choosing a cloud provider who is best able to understand and map solutions to your goals is the most important metric in your decision making. However, there are a few other key considerations that are important to fa... (more)

What You Need to Know About Cloud Computing Systems Architecture

Those who think cloud computing requires no forethought or planning are dead wrong.  Considering the fact that cloud computing is a truly complex distributed architecture, there is a lot to think about in terms of what components are leveraged (e.g., storage, compute, database, etc.), how they are configured, governance and security, and monitoring and management. Just to scratch the surface. Thus, those who implement cloud computing need to get smart around how to approach the architecture.  Many skip this step or role and move directly to the good stuff, the technology.  A lac... (more)