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

CIOs 'lack tools to manage cloud datacentres'

Nov 27, 2014 Rene Millman

Forrester survey reveals struggles with performance management of virtualised infrastructure

Docker vulnerability threatens cloud security

Nov 25, 2014 Rene Millman

Users warned to update as soon as possible

Hybrid cloud use to rise but held back by skills shortage

Nov 24, 2014 Rene Millman

Ovum research reveals disconnect between budget holders and implementers of cloud projects

F-Secure embarks on partner-led cloud security push

Nov 21, 2014 Rene Millman

New programme designed to help cloud providers secure end users

Sophos to offer Cloud Server Protection

Nov 21, 2014 Rene Millman

Managed service to protect cloud infrastructure from malware & cyber attacks

Advice

Where is my data?

Nov 21, 2014 Rene Millman

Do you know where your data is? It's a key cloud question you should be asking up front...

Cloud failures: Horror stories and how to avoid becoming one

Nov 11, 2014 Rene Millman

The cloud is great, but things don't always go to plan, as Rene Millman discovers...

How to get the board to buy into the cloud

Oct 31, 2014 Clare Hopping

Using cloud can significantly reduce costs and increase efficiencies, but your biggest task is convincing the board

Private Cloud

How to securely migrate data to a private cloud

Oct 29, 2014 Davey Winder

Ditch the assumptions over security in private cloud, they may leave data open to compromise

Best free cloud apps for business

Oct 29, 2014 Clare Hopping

Mobility is key for enterprises and that’s why it’s important to ensure you have the mobile cloud apps to access files wherever you are

Case Studies

Cloud: Helping Eat digest sales data more effectively

Nov 21, 2014 Rene Millman

The cloud-based solution replaces several error-prone spreadsheets and processes

Cloud will help keep Bestival rocking on

Oct 1, 2014 Rene Millman

Festival hopes only cloud it sees is one underpinning its website infrastructure...

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