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One issue relative to cloud computing that keeps critics well fed is the degree to which expectations and realities of the technology all too often don’t sync. Add to the mix a large degree of expected hype around buzzy marketing concepts, and what companies expect going into switching...
Are you ready for a new way of gaming? Did you miss anything good this week in cloud and tech news? It’s getting steamy in the cloud – catch up on this week’s trending discussions on new cloud-based applications, the video gaming industry, and the debate concerning Microsoft. George...
Steve Jacobs CIO Gilt takes cloud with Gathering Clouds. Continuing from Part 1, Steve Jacobs, CIO at Gilt delves into IT position in a business, balancing different business units’ technology requirements, going beyond ecommerce, and more. Thoughts on this interview? Let us know on...
Steve Jacobs, CIO of Gilt sits down with Gathering Clouds Recently we had the pleasure of sitting down with Gilt CIO Steve Jacobs for an extended conversation on his approach to IT management. We touched on a range of topics including IT’s role in the business, how Gilt thinks about...
At some level, every business is utilizing outsourced platforms. But where infrastructure as a service is concerned, what are some key indicators that managed services is the next logical step? Most companies are comfortable with outsourcing some portion of their infrastructure and a...
Prevention is key to safeguard against future data breaches, leaks and hacks.Photo: Jim Merithew / WIRED Happy TGIF to everyone! It’s safe to say that security was this week’s major theme, from commemorating the anniversary of September 11 to the new iPhone Touch ID fingerprint auth...
Prevention is key to safeguard against future data breaches, leaks and hacks.Photo: Jim Merithew / WIRED Happy TGIF to everyone! It’s safe to say that security was this week’s major theme, from commemorating the anniversary of September 11 to the new iPhone Touch ID fingerprint auth...
Securing your data used to be simpler (if not necessarily easy). You had IT infrastructure in your data center. You adopted security controls at all levels – from physical security, controlling who could enter the facility, up through the network and system, and application layers. IT ...
What are the technical steps you need to take to safeguard or respond to a breach? One of the most difficult and damaging events that can occur for any business’ infrastructure is a breach. However, breaches occur when proper planning hasn’t gone into an infrastructure contingency p...
According to Erin McCann, Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News, “Meaningful use will bring about the most significant improvements in the health information technology arena, say health IT executives, who are working tirelessly to meet industry deadlines. However, a new survey finds ...
Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned. When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed cl...
The latest rage in IT is hiring someone for a DevOps role. We hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend and short work week! Now, as the cloud matures into the enterprise, many interesting developments have transpired. Cyber security, the DevOps role, and big data analytics are ...
Hidden costs aren’t really a laughing matter… Cloud adoption is not a straight line proposition. It is increasingly the main push for many organizations looking to upgrade their IT strategy. A major reason for the shift includes the cloud’s obvious benefits; another reasoning stems ...
DevOps is awesome for somethings, but where does it fall short? DevOps tears down the often artificial barriers between developers and operations in an organization. Being in different departments and being accountable for different, often conflicting goals can lead to strange situa...
In honor of the ongoing US Open (and its emphasis on the smart use of technology to reach new audiences) Gathering Clouds proudly re-presents our Cloud Player Interview with USTA’s CIO larry Bonfante. We recently had the pleasure of having an extended conversation with the United Stat...
With cloud, USTA is making tennis make a difference. We’re winding down the summer with this week’s coverage on the US Open, VMworld, and IT leadership and decision makers. Check out how cloud computing is being utilized and making events more fun in the real world. Sara Peters give...
Yesterday, we premiered Part 1 of our interview with Robert Scoble. In Part 2, our conversation extended to the way megacloud providers are influencing the development of the cloud computing industry, the changes occurring in IT, the importance of AWS, and much more. Techguru and Rac...
We recently had the pleasure to sit down for an extended conversation with Robert Scoble, an all around tech guru and currently of Rackspace. Our conversation covered a range of topics, from his focus in technology, to how cloud computing has changed IT, to the way new innovation is o...
HIPAA cloud regulations place a difficult burden on companies seeking to achieve compliance within the healthcare industry. Those moving to cloud computing in the world of healthcare often live in fear of auditors who will pick apart their cloud-based solution.  Perhaps the auditors...
Technology skills are starting to center in different kinds of institutions. One of the interesting sub-stories to the cloud computing narrative, with its dynamic promise to businesses, is the difficulty in finding qualified expertise to apply to projects. Christian Verstraete recen...
Is it a timeout for IT departments? Is it a timeout for IT departments? Summer is winding down, and everyone is prepping for the last hoorah! Without mistakes, we will never learn and grow from it. The top cloud news this week covers NASA’s cloud audit, Amazon’s shut down to IT spend...
Managed service providers exist to help businesses. Depending on the MSP, a client organization can expect a close, consultative experience in designing and implementing cloud and infrastructure support. However, is there a limit for what managed services should cover? When speaking o...
Cloud computing is enabling better approach to patient portals. The ideal patient portal places very complex data into an understandable context which provides the patient with a complete view of their health.  This includes recent diagnostics, treatments, medications, and, most imp...
Some really exciting changes are coming to GatheringClouds! We are always seeking to give our readers the best possible experience for the content and perspectives shared on this blog. From our readers’ feedback as well as our desire to keep getting better, get ready to experience G...
Stacks on stacks of wins in the cloud this week. Stacks on stacks of wins in cloud this week. It feels like we’ve won the lottery! Despite a few hiccups, the cloud industry has been booming with news of progress in banking to the federal government. Times are changing, and spending ...
One of the big revelations within the evolving PRISM scandal is how important a role big data and cloud computing have played in enabling the NSA to facilitate the scale of monitoring they achieved. While there are many things to be said on both sides of the discussion around the PRIS...
Ever feel like your cloud provider has you locked-in? They actually might be trying to. One stop shop: a concept that while awesome in its potential also carries with it a significant downside, in particularly concerning a wide variety of business infrastructure requirements. The tr...
Finding the right balance for how your internal IT utilizes cloud and external vendor relationships is made-to-measure per organization. The choice to move to cloud is becoming clearer every day. But the choices within that decision are becoming more fraught as the marketplace devel...
The force is strong with this 'cloud.' What is cloud computing without the dark side? If Luke Skywalker did not have his nemesis (and dad) Darth Vader, then there wouldn’t be a Star Wars. The same goes for this week in cloud; with rising concerns on disaster recovery and cyber sec...
What do you have to know to successfully implement and negotiate a BAA and achieve HIPAA compliance? With the mounting momentum for cloud adoption within the healthcare space, the topic of business associates agreements (BAA) isincreasingly fraught with competing perspectives on wha...
When you think of cloud computing in the healthcare vertical, you also have to think of security and governance. Indeed, the need to control and secure healthcare data in the cloud is a big issue, and thus cloud governance is critical. On the whole, cloud computing needs governance t...
Cloud computing is awesome, but where shouldn't it be applied? Charles Babcock of InformationWeek wrote up an interesting assessment of the pain points many businesses experience as they seek to implement cloud. However, his article is really about application pain points, not “clou...
Security is a key part of insuring business continuity planning is effective. When you’re designing your infrastructure to support business continuity, some common themes emerge. Many organizations set up failover infrastructure for disaster recovery, ready to spring into operatio...
Which came first: was it the server or network? Honestly, go Cloud or go HOME! Ok, maybe, we just want to go home right now, but you know what we mean. This week we heard a lot of opinions and predictions in cloud, particularly surrounding NASA’s security, Cloud 2.0 and how it’s c...
Remember textbooks: those heavy, constantly out-of-date, more than slightly frayed tomes of knowledge? They are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, along with the many other innovations thanks in large part to cloud computing. Taking a step back, the concept of a “cloudy” tec...
Cloud computing: a mixture of risk and reward - but which is greater? Cloud Computing is a business decision, perhaps even before it is a technical problem to solve – after all, there needs to be a business-level understanding of the goals associated with such a technology move. For...
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 h...
Cloud can be the optimal platform to help support those aspects of your infrastructre designated for "meaningful use" where compliance is concerned According to this Health Market Science report “The meaningful use initiative may migrate healthcare services to cloud computing.”  Whi...
The future of the cloud loomed large this week. Let us know what you saw on Twitter! Let’s just take a moment to praise the fact that its Friday. Ok, glad we got together and did that. Now, it’s safe to say we’re living in the golden age of IT, in which cloud computing will become, ...
If you’re doing business in this era, then you’re dealing with a lot of data. That data is everywhere as well, especially if parts of your business are global. Depending on where you’re doing business, the data your business is generating has to adhere to different data rules, especial...