Cloud Essentials

Cloud Computing has had a multiplicity of definitions but essentially a means by which organisations or individual users can access computer services or data, even though that data is not stored within that organisation but elsewhere.  We’re used to cloud computing services such as Gmail, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter, even though we may not use such terminology, an indication of the differing types of cloud services.

The nearest thing to a standard definition is the one from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in which cloud is defined as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (for example, networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction”.

123-Reg knocked offline by "huge" DDoS attack

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2 Aug, 2016
Jane McCallion

Server onslaught renders 123-Reg-hosted websites and emails inaccessible

Sage announces cloud-first strategy

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27 Jul, 2016
Christine Horton

Sage pushes ‘cloud-first’ strategy, but says it won’t force customer migration

Local authorities favour on-premise rather than the cloud

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21 Jul, 2016
Nicole Kobie

Eduserv research reveals most councils are shunning the cloud

The alleged founder of the world’s biggest Torrent site has been arrested

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21 Jul, 2016
Alan Martin

Artem Vaulin from Ukraine is arrested under suspicion of helping to distribute more than $1bn of copyrighted content

Hackers threaten to crash Pokémon Go on 1 August

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18 Jul, 2016
Joe Curtis Adam Shepherd

Two different hacking groups claim they took down app on the weekend

Dixons Carphone moves datastores to IBM hybrid cloud

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14 Jul, 2016
Aaron Lee

European telecoms retailer migrating almost 2,500 server images to IBM Cloud

AWS says tech legacy vendors ‘don’t care’ about enterprise customers

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12 Jul, 2016
Joe Curtis

Amazon pitches its cloud to enterprise users, saying it’s suffered at hands of vendors too

Brexit is no obstacle to building UK datacentres, says AWS

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7 Jul, 2016
Joe Curtis

Amazon’s plans to create a UK region by early 2017 remain on track despite EU referendum

Law organisation chooses Vissensa for cloud deployment

Case Studies
7 Jul, 2016
Clare Hopping

The company will also provide computer infrastructure and support to association

Microsoft overhauls enterprise software licensing

News
5 Jul, 2016
Aaron Lee

Redmond focuses on flexibility with Enterprise Advantage, adds hurdle for Enterprise Agreement

Red Hat improves container support with enterprise platform upgrade

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29 Jun, 2016
Adam Shepherd

Cloud vendor also combines Java enterprise edition with DevOps testing tools

BT gives customers a VPN route into Oracle’s cloud

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28 Jun, 2016
Joe Curtis

Partnership offers CIOs faster, safer connection to datacentres, say vendors

Artful Dodger reveals how streaming has changed music forever

Analysis
21 Jun, 2016
Adam Shepherd

UK garage legend Mark Hill on social media, music streaming and why people don't buy songs anymore

Microsoft partners with marijuana start-up

News
17 Jun, 2016
Emma Flick

Weed monitoring software for governments will be run through Microsoft's Azure

Oracle trumpets cloud growth while legacy business struggles

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17 Jun, 2016
Joe Curtis

Cloud up 50 per cent, but analyst asks whether it can grow fast enough

Outsourcery calls in the administrators

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16 Jun, 2016
Christine Horton

Manchester-based cloud outfit calls it a day, selling assets to GCI Network Solutions

IT departments should embrace, not shun shadow IT

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8 Jun, 2016
Clare Hopping

Too many companies are losing out because their policies are 'Draconian'

Chromebook sales overtake Macs for the first time

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20 May, 2016
Nicole Kobie

IDC claims devices running Chrome OS have outsold those running Mac OS

SAP focuses hundreds of staff on customer cloud renewals

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20 May, 2016
Joe Curtis

Tech giant monitors cloud adoption rates as it bids to make cloud main revenue source

Open source skills top IT recruiters' wish lists

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9 May, 2016
Adam Shepherd

Cloud is the most sought-after skill area for companies, finds Linux Foundation