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

Oracle vows to move 95% products into cloud

Apr 27, 2015 Clare Hopping

Mark Hurd says another third of software will move to cloud by October

Hybrid cloud users 'struggle with network security'

Apr 27, 2015 Clare Hopping

Is the growing popularity of hybrid cloud environments making it harder to secure your network?

AWS is a $5 billion business, shouts Bezos

Apr 24, 2015 Joe Curtis

Amazon Web Services' revenue grows 49 per cent, as Microsoft crows about cloud, too

IBM leads cloud league table, admits Microsoft-sponsored survey

Apr 24, 2015 Clare Hopping

18 per cent of companies said they were most likely to chose the company as their cloud provider

Salesforce moves into HR with new platform

Apr 24, 2015 Clare Hopping

Salesforce for HR provides managers with analytics and staff with progression paths

Advice

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...

Don't click on this link: How to avoid the cloud credential scammers

Mar 27, 2015 Davey Winder

Davey Winder gives some advice to help you avoid getting caught out by cloud credential cons

Cloud IT management

Keeping a finger on the cloud pulse

Mar 19, 2015 Mark Samuels

Cloud has become the new normal and on-demand services are pushing the tech

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...