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

CIF CoP for cloud service providers approved by EC

May 29, 2015 Clare Hopping

The CIF joins a select number of other companies with trusted scheme status

Salesforce buddies up with Big Data partners to build analytics for the masses

May 28, 2015 Joe Curtis

Cloud giant lets users chuck data into partners’ platforms, analyse it, then app delivers the insight

Google launches Brillo for Internet of Things

May 28, 2015 Clare Hopping

The eagerly-awaited RTOS announced at the Google I/O developer conference

LogJam flaw leaves 1,006 cloud applications vulnerable to attack

May 27, 2015 Clare Hopping

Security researchers reveal 181 apps can be attacked using public techniques

EMC gobbles up Virtustream to strengthen hybrid cloud

May 26, 2015 Joe Curtis

$1.2 billion deal will help tech giant shift reliance off declining storage revenues

Advice

The cloud is cool. No, really

May 21, 2015 Clare Hopping

How has the cloud become such an amazing part of our business and consumer lives? And what's next for cloud computing?

How sniffing your cloud can strengthen your security

Apr 29, 2015 Davey Winder

Davey Winder explains why you may need help sniffing out employee use of bring-your-own-cloud services at your business

How can ISO 27017 and 27018 help secure the cloud?

Apr 21, 2015 Davey Winder

Standards are crucial to both secure the cloud and give businesses the confidence they need to make the move...

How the cloud is driving down the cost of security

Apr 20, 2015 Davey Winder

Cloud is having a positive, rather than negative effect on security, argues Davey Winder

Five questions to ask your cloud security solutions partner

Apr 7, 2015 Davey Winder

What should you be asking your cloud security solutions partner? Davey Winder has some answers to that very question...

Case Studies

British Medical Journal cuts application deployment time with private cloud

Feb 27, 2015 Rene Millman

Medical publishing house uses flexible cloud infrastructure to boost agility

Citygate car dealership ditches legacy telephony for cloud

Jan 15, 2015 Rene Millman

Volkswagen shop gets new car dealership branches up and running within 24 hours with cloud partner Node4

JustEat & the cloud: Video interview

Jan 9, 2015 Cloud Pro Staff

JustEat's director of engineering talks about the power of the cloud and changing industry trends

Peterborough City Council moves IT to AWS cloud

Dec 24, 2014 Rene Millman

Authority hopes cloud-based IT will save costs as it cuts £25m from budget

Microsoft Azure powers JustGiving's future vision for charitable donations

Dec 16, 2014 Rene Millman

JustGiving turns to Microsoft Azure to help ramp up donation levels to good causes...