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

SoftLayer to offer IBM security and disaster recovery cloud services

Apr 15, 2014 Rene Millman

Customers get access to virtualised server recovery

Dropbox defends decision to appoint Condoleezza Rice to board

Apr 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Cloud storage firm hits out at Rice row

BT and Microsoft team up to deliver private Azure connectivity

Apr 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Telco will provide VPN links to Microsoft's cloud

Oracle continues cloud expansion with launch of database and storage cloud services

Apr 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Services could help customer move critical apps and data between on-premise and cloud

Advice

How government security upheaval could spread confusion

Apr 15, 2014 Davey Winder

Will the government's new classifications help or hinder cloud adoption?

How to implement personal storage within your company

Apr 4, 2014 Tom Brewster

CIOs can embrace personal clouds, but must wrap the right security around them first

How do I get started in the cloud?

Apr 3, 2014 Cloud Pro Staff

Our Cloud Pro expert panel kicks off with a question on how to take the first steps

Skills shortage? how to spot the cowboy training companies

Mar 28, 2014 Nick Booth

There's a shortage of cloud skills, so it’s time for dodgy trainers to cash in. How do you spot the bad boys?

Edward Snowden and the rise of cloud encryption

Mar 25, 2014 Tom Brewster

The post-Snowden outcry drove firms to encrypt more data - but what are the factors to bear in mind?

Case Studies

Andy Burton: Cloud Q&A with the new Zynstra exec

Apr 2, 2014 Christine Horton

Former chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum, and new Zynstra exec, Andy Burton discusses the take-up of cloud in the channel

Smyths is more than toying with the idea of cloud

Dec 28, 2013 Rene Millman

Toy retailer turns to cloud computing to help cope with seasonal trends and grow its business

Cloud ERP systems improves traceability

Nov 21, 2013 Rene Millman

Noble Foods puts its eggs in cloud basket

Dell looks to seize the public sector opportunity

Nov 14, 2013 Davey Winder

Reports of Dell's death as a public cloud provider have been premature, its future is as a partner

Channel 4 uses cloud to make more sense of data

Nov 13, 2013 Maxwell Cooter

The TV company is already a cloud user but is now looking to beef up its analytics capability