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.




EC touts standardised cloud SLAs for European businesses

Jun 27, 2014 Alex Hamilton

EU guidelines will provide a silver-lining for those struggling to migrate cloudwards

Outage cripples Creative Cloud

May 16, 2014 Rene Millman

Adobe users hit by worldwide cloud failure

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


Five common cloud problems – and how to fix them

Jul 29, 2014 Nick Booth

Success has many fathers, but failures are orphans. Here we name the main progenitors of the cloud’s problem children

How to write a cloud security policy

Jul 17, 2014 Davey Winder

Your old policy may cover the basics but it may not be appropriate for services in the cloud: time for a rethink

How to prepare for the cloud

Jul 15, 2014 Rene Millman

Are you ready for cloud? It pays to look at what your organisation does and what it needs.

How to change cloud providers

Jul 11, 2014 David Cartwright

If you've signed up for a cloud provider, then there's no guarantee you'll stay forever - what do you when you want to move?

How to trust your cloud service provider

Jun 27, 2014 Davey Winder

Moving to a third-party entails a lot of trust; what are the questions you should be asking?

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

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