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

Amazon unveils unlimited cloud storage for under $5 a month

Mar 26, 2015 Adam Shepherd

Two-tier pricing plan lets users store either unlimited data or just unlimited photos for flat annual fee

Cloud security still not up to scratch, research warns

Mar 26, 2015 Clare Hopping

Despite being one of the main obstacles to embracing cloud, security hasn't developed at the same pace as other tech, according to Ovum

Ministry of Defence turns to private cloud for secure internal apps

Mar 25, 2015 Rene Millman

CGI to host MoD information systems and service applications from secure Welsh datacentre

Do 85,000 satellite Earth images hold solution to global problems?

Mar 24, 2015 Clare Hopping

AWS released the pics to highlight the urgent need for action on climate change and humanitarian disasters

Government cloud

Cabinet Office embarks on hosted datacentre joint venture

Mar 23, 2015 Clare Hopping

Crown Hosting Centres Limited will reduce costs, improve transparency and speed up time to market for new launches

Advice

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

Hr word cloud

HR in the cloud explained

Mar 10, 2015 Maxwell Cooter

We take a look at HR/HCM and how the cloud can benefit firms in these areas

How to overcome the Cloud DDoS awareness issue

Mar 10, 2015 Davey Winder

Davey Winder offers some advice to tackle a problem we all know about, yet fail to act on

The cloud security conundrum: de-perimeterisation or re-perimeterisation?

Feb 9, 2015 Davey Winder

De-perimeterisation and re-perimeterisation come as a necessary pair when it comes to cloud security, as Davey Winder explains

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...