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.


SMB cloud usage grows 15% in UK

Aug 3, 2015 Joe Curtis

Small companies are using the cloud to access new resources and work more flexibly

Alibaba throws $1bn to grow cloud outside China

Jul 30, 2015 Clare Hopping

The company will use the funds to extend its cloud service to new territories

Red Hat overhauls cloud service certification offering

Jul 14, 2015 Clare Hopping

The certified programme has been launched globally to replace Red Hat's existing Certified Cloud Provider programme

Rackspace to roll out Azure as managed service

Jul 14, 2015 Joe Curtis

Customers can run Azure public cloud alongside Rackspace’s private offering

AWS partner programme boosts SaaS offering

Jul 13, 2015 Clare Hopping

The programme will add tools for partners to build their own apps on AWS cloud


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