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

Is a free cloud version of Windows in the works at Microsoft?

Apr 23, 2014 Rene Millman

Leaks suggest Microsoft is considering cloud-centric version of OS

Iland unveils planning service for cloud-based disaster recovery

Apr 23, 2014 Rene Millman

Looks to analyse a customer’s DR plans and help them tackle overlooked considerations.

Netflix outlines price rises for new customers

Apr 22, 2014 James Stirling

Cloud-based video streaming company to increase monthly subs to acquire more content

Cyber attacks on European cloud providers rise

Apr 22, 2014 Rene Millman

Report finds nearly half of providers subjected to brute force attacks from criminals

Google unveils Hadoop BigQuery & Datastore Connectors

Apr 17, 2014 Rene Millman

Preview release designed to ease users' implementation of Hadoop

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

Servers on clouds

Anthony Nolan turns to cloud to modernise its infrastructure

Apr 21, 2014 Rene Millman

The blood cancer charity now has greater flexibility, security and cost control thanks to the cloud

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