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”.


  1. Cloud will drive increased revenues over next two years

    Aug 27, 2015 Clare Hopping

    Yet almost a third of organisations don't have a cloud strategy at all

  2. Microsoft improves Azure latency by deploying custom NICs

    Aug 24, 2015 Clare Hopping

    The hardware will help offload SDN demand for extra flexibility

  3. Google’s data centre partially wiped after lightning strike

    Aug 20, 2015 Clare Hopping

    The data centre was hit four times and resulted in some people losing the data forever

  4. Cleversafe announces sponsorship of OpenStack Foundation

    Aug 18, 2015 Clare Hopping

    The company will help in the drive to standardise object-based storage

  5. Kim DotCom says Mega is unsafe, but has an alternative planned

    Aug 3, 2015 Clare Hopping

    The new service will be open-source and non profit, similar to the Wikipedia model


  1. Cloud IT management

    Keeping a finger on the cloud pulse

    Mar 19, 2015 Mark Samuels

    Cloud has become the new normal and on-demand services are pushing the tech

  2. Will cloud be the enemy or the hero in our dystopian future?

    Dec 17, 2014 Nick Booth

    Should we worry that the power of cloud computing seems to be concentrating in the wrong hands?

  3. How to get the board to buy into the cloud

    Oct 31, 2014 Clare Hopping

    Using cloud can significantly reduce costs and increase efficiencies, but your biggest task is convincing the board

  4. Private Cloud

    How to securely migrate data to a private cloud

    Oct 29, 2014 Davey Winder

    Ditch the assumptions over security in private cloud, they may leave data open to compromise

  5. Bring IT out of the shadows

    Oct 10, 2014 Lesley Meall

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

Case Studies

  1. Peterborough City Council moves IT to AWS cloud

    Dec 24, 2014 Rene Millman

    Authority hopes cloud-based IT will save costs as it cuts £25m from budget

  2. Robert Youngjohns

    Q&A: Robert Youngjohns, general manager, Autonomy

    May 7, 2013 Jane McCallion

    We spoke to Robert Youngjohns, who took over as general manager of big data giant Autonomy in September 2012

  3. Stockton and Darlington Borough Councils turn to cloud to boost efficiency of central services

    Jul 19, 2012 Miya Knights

    Shared services partnership has embraced cloud computing to enable better provision of services, more efficiently and at a lower cost

  4. Q&A with Richard Davies: Global CIO Deutsche Post

    Feb 15, 2012 Maxwell Cooter

    We talk to Richard Davies, the British global CIO of DeutschePost about the Big Five technologies that will transform the industry

  5. Richmond Events: Cloud makes us ‘free to focus’

    Jan 16, 2012 Jennifer Scott

    Cloud hosting from Star has helped Richmond Events ‘change the face of business conferences in the UK.’