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

AWS opens second European datacentre in Germany

Oct 24, 2014 Rene Millman

Opening marks 11th region for Amazon’s cloud

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HP boosts Helion Openstack with dev tools & secure storage

Oct 24, 2014 Rene Millman

Hardware giant makes good on promises it made earlier in the year

News UK to save millions with AWS

Oct 23, 2014 Rene Millman

Publishing company won't have to buy hardware that will sit around for six days, 22 hours doing nothing, it claims

Microsoft & Dell to offer Azure-in-a-box

Oct 23, 2014 Rene Millman

Software giant's latest offering to provide customers with Azure-like private cloud

EMC acquires large stake of VCE from Cisco

Oct 23, 2014 Rene Millman

Leaves Cisco with 10 per stake in joint venture

Advice

The Microsoft Cloud Platform System unpacked

Oct 20, 2014 Mary Branscombe

Microsoft debuts an Azure-consistent private cloud delivered in a box

How to automate boring tasks using the cloud

Oct 7, 2014 Nick Booth

There are good things and bad things about being a business leader. How can cloud help you free up time for the fun stuff?

Setting your company free with DevOps

Sep 29, 2014 Clare Hopping

DevOps is the new buzzword. But, what does it mean and how can you make it work for you?

Changes to EU data protection regulations: How can cloud service providers prepare?

Sep 26, 2014 Davey Winder

How can CSPs get ready for the EU data protection changes? Davey Winder takes a look...

How to terminate a cloud service contract

Sep 19, 2014 Clare Hopping

What do you do if things go wrong? Clare Hopping takes a look

Case Studies

Cloud will help keep Bestival rocking on

Oct 1, 2014 Rene Millman

Festival hopes only cloud it sees is one underpinning its website infrastructure...

Q&A with David Cartwright

Jul 31, 2014 David Cartwright

The latest member of our expert panel to sit in the editor's hot seat is David Cartwright, who reflects on a varied career

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