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 “delighted” with Oracle’s UK datacentre expansion

News
4 Feb, 2016
Joe Curtis

Oracle adds more cloud services to Slough facility

Microsoft considers building underwater datacentres

News
1 Feb, 2016
Aaron Lee

Project Natick could cut cooling costs and offer lower latency

Cortana gets cleverer at reading your emails

News
25 Jan, 2016
Clare Hopping Aaron Lee

Assistant can now remind you of meetings you only made a note of in email

Facebook is building its first Irish datacentre

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25 Jan, 2016
Aaron Lee

The County Meath facility will rely completely on renewable energy

Public cloud 'will reach $204 billion in 2016'

News
25 Jan, 2016
Aaron Lee

Companies pushing infrastructure into the cloud will fuel this growth, says Gartner

SAP doubles customer numbers for S/4 HANA

News
22 Jan, 2016
Joe Curtis

Software giant says cloud will rake in more than on-premise by 2018

AWS isn't suited to enterprises' needs, crows Oracle

News
21 Jan, 2016
Aaron Lee

Cloud exec says Oracle's biggest competitor is Microsoft Azure

University of Strathclyde replaces rogue IT with HDS storage

Case Studies
21 Jan, 2016
Clare Hopping

Hitachi Data Systems' storage tools will support students, staff and researchers' projects

Microsoft vows to give $1bn cloud services to non-profits

News
20 Jan, 2016
Joe Curtis

Satya Nadella says cloud can change the world for the better

Specsavers: In three years, we will be based largely on the cloud

Case Studies
19 Jan, 2016
Joe Curtis

Cloud will underpin opticians' focus on exciting new technology projects

Microsoft cuts Azure prices in blow to AWS

News
15 Jan, 2016
Aaron Lee

Redmond claims its cloud service offers customers better value than AWS

Data centre

Tableau sets up Dublin datacentre in response to customers’ security focus

News
12 Jan, 2016
Joe Curtis

New site open to EU and US customers who don't want to store data in America

Cloud in 2016: Where are we headed?

In-depth
31 Dec, 2015
Maxwell Cooter

Max Cooter looks ahead to what's in store for cloud in the year ahead...

2015: The year in cloud

In-depth
29 Dec, 2015
Maxwell Cooter

Max Cooter looks back on a big year for cloud computing...

HP Enterprise opens Cloud28+ catalogue for business

News
11 Dec, 2015
Jane McCallion

European cloud-of-clouds available to public and private sector buyers

Amazon, Uber and Airbnb to be grilled by House of Lords

News
4 Dec, 2015
Clare Hopping

A Lords Committee will investigate whether the companies are acting fairly against traditional offline businesses

Steve Ballmer slams Microsoft over cloud revenue disclosure

News
3 Dec, 2015
Jane McCallion

Margins, not run rates, should be used as measure of success, claims ex-CEO

Microsoft unveils new top-end Office 365 Enterprise plan

News
3 Dec, 2015
Adam Shepherd

New package costs 59% more than previous best offering

Latest tech trends discussed at the VMware Online Technology Forum

News
26 Nov, 2015
Rene Millman

Experts discuss the software-defined datacentres and application mobility

Make me famous! How cloud is powering the success of the film industry

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24 Nov, 2015
Maggie Holland

That film you’re about to watch is brought to you by the hero of the piece - cloud computing…