There are business risks involved in moving to the cloud – will it cost more in the long run? Will this off-the-shelf system provide me the flexibility I may need for future projects? Will clients be unhappy with their information being held off-site? Legal issues should also be considered – what will it cost if they sue for losses or breaches? If I have to prove I followed regulations, can my cloud company provide a proper audit trail?

Proper risk assessment should be carried out for every aspect of the business that you may want to move to the cloud. What about service outages? Will I be first on the fix list? What are the disaster recover plans?

Cloud Industry Forum and Bloor help you navigate your cloud route

News 19 Oct, 2015 Joe Curtis

The partnership aims to help business users migrate to the cloud in a risk-free way

Spotify wanted access to your private Twitter messages

News 16 Oct, 2015 Alan Lu

The streaming music giant makes another privacy gaffe

Cloud safe

EU court rules “Safe Harbour” agreement is invalid

News 6 Oct, 2015 Rene Millman

US companies hit by judgement, fears over data movement

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

Microsoft heads back to court in cloud data sovereignty row

News 9 Sep, 2015 Jane McCallion

Company to argue against handing over email data at New York appeal court hearing

Google learns lightning does strike twice (or four times)

Advice 24 Aug, 2015 Steve Cassidy

The public cloud giant discovers design by theory doesn't cover every eventuality

Why Spotify's privacy problems could be music to Apple's ears

Advice 24 Aug, 2015 Jane McCallion

What happens when the free lunch runs out?

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

Premiership Rugby signs up Intralinks for secure collaboration

News 20 Aug, 2015

The company will be responsible for protecting confidential documents over the season 2015/16 season

Europe suffers Google cloud black-out

News 17 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

The service is mostly back up and running with only 0.05 per cent of users now affected

Is moving to the cloud a good or bad idea?

Opinion 14 Jul, 2015 Maxwell Cooter

Max Cooter looks at whether the cloud makes financial sense for everyone...

The security flaws of a connected world

Opinion 8 Jun, 2015 Maxwell Cooter

Invasion of the data snatchers

Google BeyondCorp takes business apps to the internet

News 15 May, 2015 Clare Hopping

Google believes internal corporate networks protected by firewalls are just as untrustworthy as the cloud

Vendor lock-in: Is it worth worrying about in the cloud?

Advice 19 Jan, 2015 Caroline Donnelly

Fear of lock-in puts many would-be cloud buyers off, but is it really worth worrying about?

Private Cloud

How to securely migrate data to a private cloud

Advice 29 Oct, 2014 Davey Winder

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

IBM to help fight Ebola outbreak using cloud and big data

News 28 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

Aims to use technology to collect and analyse information from the ground

HP improves workload protection with Helion enhancements

News 20 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

HP expands cloud-based disaster recovery cloud service

Dropbox confirms file deletion bug

News 14 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

Cloud storage giant offers free service for a year as compensation

Bring IT out of the shadows

Advice 10 Oct, 2014 Lesley Meall

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

What to do when your cloud implementation goes wrong

Advice 12 Sep, 2014 Clare Hopping

All companies want their cloud deployments to proceed smoothly but what if things go wrong: what are the options?