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”.

Gov airs rebrand plans for least popular cloud framework

News 5 Oct, 2015 Joe Curtis

DSf is about to go under the knife, and it's good news for suppliers

Spiceworks unveils Concierge Service for IT professionals

News 25 Sep, 2015 Rene Millman

Spiceworks teams up with Box on free service to help IT on project management

How Oxford University simplified IT support for 30,000 students

Case Studies 22 Sep, 2015 Joe Curtis

University consolidates support desks in cloud with HEAT

Dropbox Team feature makes it 'easier to use at work'

News 21 Sep, 2015 Joe Curtis

But will the improved functionality step on the toes of Dropbox for Business?

Huawei wants the future to be industry-specific clouds

News 18 Sep, 2015 Jane McCallion

One cloud does not fit all, claims president of enterprise business group

Cutbacks forcing public sector to use cloud

News 18 Sep, 2015 Clare Hopping

82 per cent of senior employees think austerity is causing digital transformation

Dropbox debuts file request deadlines

News 17 Sep, 2015 Clare Hopping

The feature means Dropbox Pro and Business users can request files within a given timeframe

Microsoft's Azure gets live video encoding

News 11 Sep, 2015 Nicole Kobie

Microsoft unveils new cloud-based tools for streaming media on its Azure platform

Cloud doesn’t reduce IT support burden, say CIOs

News 10 Sep, 2015 Joe Curtis

Cloud providers don't provide good enough customer service, finds ElasticHosts survey

How can you become the most productive person in the office?

Advice 7 Sep, 2015 Jane McCallion

Five tips, tricks and pieces of software to get the most out of cloud and become the most productive person you know

Virtualisation helps University of York migrate from XP

Case Studies 3 Sep, 2015 Jane McCallion

Dell Wyse vWorkspace helps institution finally upgrade its full IT estate

Citrix tempts VMware customers with 15-minute migration

News 2 Sep, 2015 Nicole Kobie

Citrix unveils cloud service for easier migrations from Horizon View and XenApp

VMware kills cloud app latency with hybrid approach

News 31 Aug, 2015 Joe Curtis

Virtualisation giant says it has solved public cloud puzzle

Cloud will drive increased revenues over next two years

News 27 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

Microsoft improves Azure latency by deploying custom NICs

News 24 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

The hardware will help offload SDN demand for extra flexibility

Google’s data centre partially wiped after lightning strike

News 20 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

Cleversafe announces sponsorship of OpenStack Foundation

News 18 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

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

News 3 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

Alibaba throws $1bn to grow cloud outside China

News 30 Jul, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

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Office 365 used by almost 90 per cent of organisations

News 29 Jul, 2015 Clare Hopping

However, employees are using it to store files holding personal information with the word 'password' in the filename