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

Microsoft opens up Azure to Packer & OpenNebula

Jul 23, 2014 Rene Millman

New open source tools land on Azure

VMware opens second UK cloud datacentre

Jul 23, 2014 Rene Millman

Chessington joins Slough as VMware looks to boost vCloud Hybrid Service

Azzurri adds Icon Connect to its cloud tool suite

Jul 22, 2014 Rene Millman

Company aims to improve reliability of network-based cloud services

IBM & Monitise partner on cloud-based payments

Jul 22, 2014 Rene Millman

Companies expand partnership to offer users cloud-based mobile payment services

SMB cloud app adoption causing productivity issues

Jul 21, 2014 Rene Millman

Research warns that overuse of cloud apps by SMBs could impair productivity

Advice

Cloud IT management

How to work with bare metal cloud services

Jul 22, 2014 David Cartwright

When virtualised infrastructure won't cut it, is bare metal the answer?

How to get the most out of your cloud’s user interface

Jul 18, 2014 David Cartwright

If you can’t use your provider’s GUI, you can’t use its cloud. What’s the best way to get to grips with a cloud’s control panel?

How to write a cloud security policy

Jul 17, 2014 Davey Winder

Your old policy may cover the basics but it may not be appropriate for services in the cloud: time for a rethink

How to prepare for the cloud

Jul 15, 2014 Rene Millman

Are you ready for cloud? It pays to look at what your organisation does and what it needs.

What's the one thing you should know when moving to the cloud?

Jul 11, 2014

Our panel considers the number one criterion when it comes to opting for cloud

Case Studies

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.

Gritit diversifies its business thanks to the cloud

May 7, 2014 Rene Millman

It has morphed from a gritting company to one that also shares technology with other firms around the world...