Infrastructure as a Service

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.

News

Mergers and acquisitions word cloud

Claranet acquires Dutch hosting provider NovaData

Apr 17, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

Cloud provider hits the acquisition trail once more in pursuit of growth

VMware unveils cloud-based DR service

Apr 16, 2014 Rene Millman

Allows customers to automatically replicate infrastructure in one of VMware datacentres

Box launches Box Open Source

Apr 15, 2014 Rene Millman

Storage firm unveils initiative to share cloud technologies with community

Dropbox defends decision to appoint Condoleezza Rice to board

Apr 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Cloud storage firm hits out at Rice row

Oracle continues cloud expansion with launch of database and storage cloud services

Apr 14, 2014 Rene Millman

Services could help customer move critical apps and data between on-premise and cloud

Advice

How to make sense of cloud instances

Apr 11, 2014 Adrian Bridgwater

Sometimes cloud seems designed to confuse customers - and "instance" is a term that is much misunderstood

Cheaper cloud could emerge from new research

Apr 8, 2014 Clare Hopping

Researchers at Stanford have developed a system that saves money, time and resource

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?

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

How cloud is finding its place in the pharmaceutical industry

Feb 18, 2014 Billy MacInnes

Despite concerns over its regulatory environment, cloud has a role in the pharmaceutical world

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

VMware hybrid cloud eases path to integration

Oct 25, 2013 Maxwell Cooter

Catalogue company Biomni adopts VCHS to improve flexibility of service offerings

Cloud is a hit with Anchorfan

Oct 15, 2013 Rene Millman

Social sports website uses cloud to handle spikes in traffic caused by major sporting events

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