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 and Citrix protest proposed VMware deal with US Defense

Feb 26, 2015 Joe Curtis

The proposed agreement would see VMware be department’s single cloud provider

UK Cloud Awards 2015 finalists announced

Feb 24, 2015 Caroline Preece

Cloud Pro and Cloud Industry Forum reveal the awards shortlist after record number of entries

HP Helion private cloud bags Deutsche Bank job

Feb 24, 2015 Joe Curtis

Banking giant will focus on app development after shifting IT infrastructure to HP’s private cloud

Hybrid cloud is order of day for IBM as it details raft of new tools and services

Feb 24, 2015 Maggie Holland

Big Blue continues to focus investment and resources on helping firms realise potential of hybrid cloud

Apple to build two renewable energy datacentres in Europe

Feb 23, 2015 Joe Curtis

The wind-powered sites in Ireland and Denmark will be Apple’s most environmentally friendly datacentres yet.

Advice

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

How to convince your CEO that the cloud is secure

Feb 4, 2015 Davey Winder

It's a tough discussion, but one that really needs to be had

Three simple ways to mitigate risk in the cloud

Jan 26, 2015 Davey Winder

Minimising risk in the cloud world isn't rocket science, argues Davey Winder

How to secure the Cloud of Everything

Jan 13, 2015 Davey Winder

Getting employees to buy into the need to be secure will help ensure the Cloud of Everything remains safe for business

How does malware detection work in the cloud?

Feb 13, 2015 Davey Winder

Cloud has helped boost security for firms, but it's also helping out the bad guys too, warns Davey Winder

Case Studies

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...

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...