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

Foxtons shifts website to Six Degrees Group cloud

Dec 19, 2014 Joe Curtis

Estate agent picks private cloud to provide secure and scalable website backend

5 reasons you should make the move to Hybrid IT as soon as possible

Dec 18, 2014 Cloud Pro Staff

There are many compelling reasons to adopt a Hybrid IT approach in your business. Read on to find out more...

Oracle earnings: Ellison “has a long way to go” to cloud success

Dec 18, 2014 Joe Curtis

Analysts say Oracle’s lofty cloud ambitions are overstated as revenues rise 45 per cent

IBM aims to be cloud king with huge data centre expansion

Dec 18, 2014 Joe Curtis

But analyst warns Big Blue has a “balancing act” of price vs longer term gains for Softlayer

HP and Trend Micro join forces to improve threat detection

Dec 17, 2014 Joe Curtis

Firms combine software to provide better cyber protection

Advice

Will cloud be the enemy or the hero in our dystopian future?

Dec 17, 2014 Nick Booth

Should we worry that the power of cloud computing seems to be concentrating in the wrong hands?

Virtual currency in a cloudy world: On the road to mainstream adoption?

Dec 16, 2014 Tom Brewster

Bitcoin et al have created much debate, but are we in the throws of a crypto currency cloud revolution?

How to keep a lid on your cloud security budget

Dec 5, 2014 Davey Winder

Don't get carried away with buying into the latest and greatest cloud security tech, warns Davey Winder

Why a credible code of conduct is needed to secure European cloud growth

Dec 4, 2014 Sureyya Cansoy

techUK explains why a credible data protection code of conduct is needed to build a thriving, global cloud industry

How to avoid becoming a victim of cloud insecurity

Dec 3, 2014 Davey Winder

Davey Winder provides some practical advice on how to stay secure in the cloud

Case Studies

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...

Majestic Wine confident to meet future demands thanks to cloud

Dec 3, 2014 Rene Millman

The wine retailer boosts its web presence thanks to cloud implementation and trusted partnership...

Cloud: Helping Eat digest sales data more effectively

Nov 21, 2014 Rene Millman

The cloud-based solution replaces several error-prone spreadsheets and processes

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