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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 stage for a number of other important aspects of cloud functionality, be it performance or disaster recovery: being in multiple AZs can improve product delivery to end users as much as it can form the foundation of a highly redundant cloud architecture. Resiliency inside each AZ: There’s a differ... (more)

Disasters & Data: What You Need To Know

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, especially where disaster recovery and business continuity are concerned. Multiple Approaches, Multiple Concerns There are two ways to look at big data: it either means you have a lot of data, or it means that you’re doing a lot of data processing. Often times, you’re doing both. Data DR need to be consider... (more)

What’s the Limit of Managed Services?

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 of what the client has to do versus what the MSP is responsible for and what they can do to go above and beyond that represents a line of delineation between managed infrastructure services and managed application services. Is there a point where managed services fall short? Where Managed services ex... (more)

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Future of Cloud Infrastructure?

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 clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds. A recent Business Technology Roundtable blog post delved into an IDC study, finding that companies are increasingly leveraging hosted private clouds. IDC points to the hosted private cloud as the new backb... (more)

5 Smart Steps for Making Your Apps Work in the Cloud

Often when we discuss moving to the cloud, we’re talking about transferring existing applications to the cloud. Google App Engine and Engine Yard have given developers new tools to build apps in the cloud (PaaS style). For many businesses, though, such an approach to building applications can only come after they have moved their existing apps to [...] The post 5 Smart Steps for Making Your Apps Work in the Cloud appeared first on Gathering Clouds. ... (more)