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

EMC swallows up a trio of cloud firms

Oct 31, 2014 Rene Millman

Looks to drive hybrid cloud strategy with acquisition of cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection outfits

UK firms risk falling behind in DevOps revolution

Oct 30, 2014 Rene Millman

Research finds that DevOps has become mainstream and delivering real benefits to business

IT losing cloud security battle

Oct 29, 2014 Rene Millman

IT organisations are finding it difficult to control corporate data in the cloud

Google partners with PwC to push cloud apps to businesses

Oct 29, 2014 Rene Millman

PricewaterhouseCoopers becomes both customer and partner of Google Apps for Work

Microsoft to beef up Azure analytics & automation

Oct 28, 2014 Khidr Suleman

Azure Operational Insights & Batch set for preview

Advice

How to get the board to buy into the cloud

Oct 31, 2014 Clare Hopping

Using the cloud rather than hardware can significantly costs and increase efficiencies, but your biggest task is convincing the board

Private Cloud

How to securely migrate data to a private cloud

Oct 29, 2014 Davey Winder

Ditch the assumptions over security in private cloud, they may leave data open to compromise

Best free cloud apps for business

Oct 29, 2014 Clare Hopping

Mobility is key for enterprises and that’s why it’s important to ensure you have the mobile cloud apps to access files wherever you are

How to secure the bare metal cloud

Oct 28, 2014 Davey Winder

It may not have a hypervisor, but does it make for a more secure cloud?

The Microsoft Cloud Platform System unpacked

Oct 20, 2014 Mary Branscombe

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

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