This is what a lot of people think of when the term ‘cloud computing’ is used. The cheapest and easiest solution, a public cloud allows you to have almost all IT functions hosted off-site and managed by a third party. All you need in-house is a browser and an internet connection. You will share facilities with many others, providing economies of scale.

Solutions tend to be simple and standard, allowing you to get up and running fast – a popular option for start-ups or small businesses that want to save on IT investment.




Confusion reigns over cloud SLAs

Apr 16, 2014 Rene Millman

Nearly two-thirds of IT decision makers don’t know what constitutes cloud service failure

Google cloud services hit by outage

Mar 18, 2014 Jane McCallion

Talk, Hangouts and Sheets go dark for several hours

Heroku supersizes app development platform

Feb 3, 2014 Jane McCallion

XL offering introduced to support large scale apps, says PaaS provider

Cost should not be only cloud driver, claim suppliers and analysts

Nov 29, 2013 Jane McCallion

Cloud should instigate “root and branch change” in operations

Training courses aimed at filling gaps in cloud knowledge

Nov 1, 2013 Clare Hopping

CIF and Galahad’s cloud training schemes will provide buyers and sellers with an introduction to cloud computing


Cloud brokers - a helping hand to cloud deployment?

Feb 21, 2014 Rene Millman

As more cloud products come out every week, finding the right one can be a job in itself – enter the cloud broker

Controlling the cloud - where's the dividing line?

Jan 24, 2014 David Cartwright

Moving to cloud means trusting your provider: how do you keep an eye on what it's doing?

Cloud costs - getting the measure of your outgoings

Dec 31, 2013 Nick Booth

Cloud computing is about getting more for your money. So why is it so hard to understand your costs?

Service level checklist: how to know when your provider provides stability

Nov 29, 2013 Adrian Bridgwater

What can cloud customers do when a provider’s service crashes? How should they plan for the worst?

Five ways to spot your cloud deployment is going wrong

Aug 20, 2013 Nick Booth

It’s hard to admit you’ve got a problem, but admitting it is the first stage

Case Studies

The future is hybrid says CA's head of cloud

Nov 18, 2011 Maggie Holland

Bilhar Mann, senior VP of CA Technologies' cloud business unit spoke to sister title IT Pro about the challenges of cloud