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

UK falling behind Europe in big data race

Sep 2, 2014 Rene Millman

UK firms failing to tap into potential of big data compared to France and Germany

Government cloud

Two-thirds of civil servants have no idea what G-Cloud is

Sep 2, 2014 Rene Millman

Public sector workers find government procurement programme a mystery

OneDrive users hit by file corruption bug

Sep 1, 2014 Rene Millman

Cloud service fails to synchronise properly between devices

Bristol City Council moves IT infrastructure to the cloud

Sep 1, 2014 Rene Millman

£1.5 million deal over two years with Eduserv via G-Cloud

Microsoft updates Android app to unify personal & work files

Aug 29, 2014 Rene Millman

Users can switch between personal and professional accounts

Advice

How to implement a BYOD policy in your workplace

Sep 2, 2014 David Cartwright

What should a CIO do to allow employees to bring their own devices to the workplace?

How to get high performance computing from the cloud

Aug 28, 2014 Nick Booth

The cloud can get your computing power to step things up a notch, as Nick Booth discovers...

How can you set up a hybrid cloud system with Amazon

Aug 26, 2014 Rene Millman

Rene Millman shows how it is possible to have the best of both cloud worlds

How to manage shadow IT in the cloud

Aug 26, 2014 Davey Winder

The cloud has made applications more accessible than ever, but how can firms best manage and mitigate associated risks?

How should CIOs manage their cloud provider relationship?

Aug 22, 2014 Clare Hopping

How you manage the relationship with your cloud vendor can make or break your cloud implementation

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.