Cloud Essentials

Cloud Computing has had a multiplicity of definitions but essentially a means by which organisations or individual users can access computer services or data, even though that data is not stored within that organisation but elsewhere.  We’re used to cloud computing services such as Gmail, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter, even though we may not use such terminology, an indication of the differing types of cloud services.

The nearest thing to a standard definition is the one from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in which cloud is defined as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (for example, networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction”.

News

AWS: Firms need to “embrace failure” to speed innovation

Oct 1, 2014 Rene Millman

Project development using the cloud lowers the cost of failure and could spur improvement, claims AWS

AMD demos Hadoop running on ARM-based server

Oct 1, 2014 Rene Millman

Big data running on 64-bit Cortex-A57 Cortex chips

Cisco to invest $1 billion to expand cloud offerings

Sep 30, 2014 Rene Millman

Networking giant wants to link up hundreds of datacentres and clouds worldwide

Oracle to price match Amazon & Microsoft

Sep 29, 2014 Rene Millman

Ellison’s last stand sees gauntlet thrown down to rivals

Xen bug prompts AWS cloud server reboot

Sep 29, 2014 Rene Millman

Mystery vulnerability sees one-in-ten servers patched up and restarted

Advice

Changes to EU data protection regulations: How can cloud service providers prepare?

Sep 26, 2014 Davey Winder

How can CSPs get ready for the EU data protection changes? Davey Winder takes a look...

How to terminate a cloud service contract

Sep 19, 2014 Clare Hopping

What do you do if things go wrong? Clare Hopping takes a look

How to secure your supply chain in the cloud

Sep 19, 2014

The supply chain is often an ignored part of the cloud story, but it shouldn't be, warns Davey Winder

What to do when your cloud implementation goes wrong

Sep 12, 2014 Clare Hopping

All companies want their cloud deployments to proceed smoothly but what if things go wrong: what are the options?

How to ensure that APIs are not a cloud threat

Sep 11, 2014 Davey Winder

APIs are widely used within cloud implementations. But that ease of use can be a security threat too unless fixed

Case Studies

Q&A with David Cartwright

Jul 31, 2014 David Cartwright

The latest member of our expert panel to sit in the editor's hot seat is David Cartwright, who reflects on a varied career

SportPursuit takes flexible approach to drive sales

Jul 8, 2014 Rene Millman

Retail organisation turns to the cloud to ensure companies can handle fluctuating amount of traffic

Cloudhelix shows how to scale - without losing performance

Jun 27, 2014 Rene Millman

Scaling up SANs can cause a lack of performance, Cloudhelix found a way round the issue

Q&A with Will Venters

Jun 9, 2014 Will Venters

Academic and author, Will Venters, is the first of our expert panel members to be questioned on his career and attitude to cloud

Citrix private cloud boosts motor firm growth

May 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Car sales firm rolls out Citrix desktop to showrooms and call centre.