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”.

News

Here's why the cloud is now a necessity

Jul 28, 2015 Clare Hopping

Cloud's no longer a 'nice to have', but is key to collaboration and more

Google et al unite to form Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Jul 22, 2015 Clare Hopping

The Foundation is comprised of more than 24 companies who are hoping to leverage their position in cloud space

Did Microsoft just buy another cloud company?

Jul 21, 2015 Clare Hopping

Rumours are circulating it just paid $320m for cloud security specialist Adallom

Cloud costs falling across the board

Jul 16, 2015 Clare Hopping

The average price of a service stood at $1.72 last October

Amazon to use wind farm to power datacentres

Jul 15, 2015 Clare Hopping

The wind farm will generate enough energy to power 61,000 US homes a year

Advice

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.’