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

IT pros "underestimating" business cloud app use

Sep 22, 2014 Rene Millman

Shadow IT could leave sensitive data unprotected, survey finds

Infosys expands cloud partnership with Microsoft

Sep 19, 2014 Rene Millman

Cloud firm also makes deals with Hitachi and Huawei on next-generation infrastructure

Cisco acquires Metacloud to boost Openstack & Intercloud

Sep 18, 2014 Rene Millman

Networking giant looks to build up cloud presence

AMD & Canonical team up to put cloud in a box

Sep 17, 2014 Rene Millman

It's hoped partnership will help ease customer deployments of OpenStack

Google offers free cloud resources for startups

Sep 16, 2014 Rene Millman

Search giant hopes to lure new firms onto its cloud platform with free access for a year

Advice

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

How to run an IT department as a cloud-aware business

Sep 9, 2014 Lesley Meall

The advent of cloud has changed things for CIOs - they must present a different face to business units

Encryption key management - how to keep your company safe

Sep 4, 2014 Davey Winder

The average CIO needs to understand data storage laws and encryption technology to stay safe says Davey Winder

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.