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

CEOs don't make cloud decisions, report reveals

Jul 3, 2015 Clare Hopping

CIOs and head of IT make the purchase choice in 59 per cent of organisations

Chicago introduces cloud tax, increasing streaming prices

Jul 2, 2015 Clare Hopping

Services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video will be nine per cent more expensive in the city

VMware settles government lawsuit

Jul 2, 2015 Clare Hopping

The company will pay $75.5m, despite denying any wrong doing

European businesses use an average 897 cloud services

Jul 1, 2015 Clare Hopping

Firms download a new cloud service every day, but security is still a major concern

Dropbox users may get free storage if they adopt stronger security

Jun 30, 2015 Joe Curtis

Cloud storage firm will incentivise customers who 'don't know enough to care' about two-factor authentication

Advice

Putting police footage in the cloud could be a first step to online detection

Jun 3, 2015 Mary Branscombe

Azure’s government cloud is secure enough to store police bodycam video – and maybe start analysing it too

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

Case Studies

(ISC)² and CSA develop qualification for security protection

Jun 23, 2015

The Certified Cloud Security Professional qualification will become a global standard for protecting cloud-based data

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