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Key players discussed healthcare cloud, OpenStack, federal cloud plans, and much more this week.  We round up the week in cloud computing. Mark Eisenberg asks: “What’s wrong with the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing, 2012?” In other Gartner news, the firm released a new survey that shows “CEOs by a four-to-one ratio plan to boost IT spending in 2013,” as Larry Dignan reports. Rodney Brown examines “convergence in the cloud’s upper crust” this week, outlining recent news from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher reports on a new study from the Center for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (AT&T’s Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne in Australia), which shows that “the energy consumption of wireless access dominates data center consumption by a significant margin.” Piston CTO Josh McKenty tells IT World’s Nancy Gohring that he pre... (more)

Cloud Player – Dana Gardner, President, Interarbor Solutions, Part 1

We recently had the pleasure of having an extended conversation with Dana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Our discussion covered enterprise cloud adoption, C-suite IT strategies, the changing cloud market, and much more. This is the first of two parts; Check out Part 2. Gathering Clouds: With the range of topics that you’re covering, what do you look for in terms of relevant areas to share your perspectives on? Dana Gardner, President and Principal Analyst, Interarbor Solutions Dana Gardner: We try to help decision-makers in the enterprise underst... (more)

Cloud Player – Lon Binder, Vice President Technology, Warby Parker Part 2

Warby Parker: Different than other e-commerce experiences. Recently we had the pleasure of sitting down for an extended conversation with Lon Binder, VP of Technology at Warby Parker. We discussed a range of issues central to how Warby Parker approaches IT, including going beyond the standard customer experience, utilizing outsourced expertise, the challenges of finding talented hires, and much more. This is the second of 2 parts. Check out Part 1 here. Thoughts? Feedback? Let us know on Twitter @CloudGathering. GC: How are you looking to go beyond like the standard e-commerce expe... (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)

When Cloud Deployments Go Bad: Technical Pitfalls

Where do the technical pitfalls doom a cloud deployment. On Tuesday we explored where cloud deployments can go wrong at the business level, which, while a major impactor of success, don’t account for the full range of what can go wrong. The other side of the cloud coin of course is what can go wrong from the technical perspective at the organizational level. Business and technology perspectives have a lot of overlap where cloud is concerned, since the technology is so closely tied to how a business actually functions and therefore collects revenue. Anyway, here’s our list. Let u... (more)