Instead of purchasing servers, software, network equipment or data centre storage space, cloud providers can supply IaaS to clients as a fully out-sourced service and be subsequently billed only according to what they have used. This means the cloud provider owns and maintains the housing, running and maintaining of all the equipment, not the end-user. This also gives the end-user the flexibility to use more or less storage, as required, (called scalability), which is attractive to businesses which might otherwise have needed to have maintained large amounts of storage space even at off-peak times.


Why Oracle's cloud user base is "just the tip of the iceberg"

Jun 25, 2015 Joe Curtis

Oracle targets new IT projects and SMB users with latest cloud portfolio

Why OpenStack needs a “benevolent dictator”

Jun 15, 2015 Joe Curtis

Are too many cooks spoiling the open source broth?

Facebook pegs Ireland for new €200m datacentre

Jun 15, 2015 Jane McCallion

New facility could be wind-powered and create dozens of jobs

Toshiba and Microsoft join forces in IoT revolution

Jun 5, 2015 Clare Hopping

The two companies have signed a deal to help develop infrastructure using Microsoft Azure with Toshiba sensors

EMC's acquisiton of Virtustream to benefit Europe

Jun 1, 2015 Joe Curtis Clare Hopping

IDC says the $1.2 billion deal will help boost EMC's hybrid cloud services, but Virtustream customers should be wary


What is IaaS?

Jan 29, 2015 Barry Collins

What is Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and what benefits are on offer?

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?

Bring IT out of the shadows

Oct 10, 2014 Lesley Meall

There's no point battling against users, embracing shadow IT is the key

How to connect to the cloud: looking at the options

Apr 29, 2014 David Cartwright

There is plenty of choice when it comes to connecting to cloud - which one should you choose?

How much should a small business pay for cloud?

Mar 14, 2014 Martin Courtney

How much should a small business expect to pay for public IaaS services, and how do different cloud providers compare?

Case Studies

BBC: Making use of the cloud to transcode video and reduce costs

Mar 17, 2014 Rene Millman

Broadcaster uses cloud to aid flexibility and boost Winter Olympics coverage

UCAS clears admission problems with move to the cloud

Jan 2, 2014 Rene Millman

Mix of Azure and AWS helps UCAS students into university places

Working without an HQ: how cloud saves Bete a fortune

Sep 11, 2013 Maxwell Cooter

The introduction of a cloud service means companies have more flexibility than ever before - including dispensing with a head office

Cloud provider boosts team-building firm's rocket venture

Sep 6, 2013 Rene Millman

Team-building exercise firm, Sandstone, uses cloud to power online 'space rescue'

Leisure group turns to the cloud to replace ageing system

Sep 2, 2013 Rene Millman

Not-for-profit organisation turns to Claranet to provide staff with home and mobile working