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

Juniper Networks hints at UK cloud confusion

Jul 30, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

Networking vendor's research suggests many UK citizens are using cloud without realising it

G-Cloud sales hit £217m, with SMBs winning 53% of deals

Jul 30, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

Cabinet Office confirms sales through G-Cloud framework to date now stand at £217 million

ICO serves UK PLC some big data legal guidance

Jul 28, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

The data protection watchdog wants to stop firms falling foul of regulations while tapping into the big data trend

CloudSigma to offer SMBs secure cloud access through OpenVPN

Jul 25, 2014 Rene Millman

Appliance could help remote workers get secure access to public cloud

War grave archive goes into the cloud

Jul 25, 2014 Rene Millman

Commonwealth War Graves Commission uses AWS to power online archive

Advice

Five common cloud problems – and how to fix them

Jul 29, 2014 Nick Booth

Success has many fathers, but failures are orphans. Here we name the main progenitors of the cloud’s problem children

How to defend against a cloud-based DDoS combination attack

Jul 25, 2014 Davey Winder

Protecting your cloud from cyber-extortion isn't rocket science; you need a plan and a cool head

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?

Getting to grips with auto-scaling services

Jul 28, 2014 David Cartwright

Your cloud infrastructure needs can go up, but do they ever come back down? How can you scale effectively?

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?

Case Studies

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

Citrix private cloud boosts motor firm growth

May 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Car sales firm rolls out Citrix desktop to showrooms and call centre.