This is what a lot of people think of when the term ‘cloud computing’ is used. The cheapest and easiest solution, a public cloud allows you to have almost all IT functions hosted off-site and managed by a third party. All you need in-house is a browser and an internet connection. You will share facilities with many others, providing economies of scale.

Solutions tend to be simple and standard, allowing you to get up and running fast – a popular option for start-ups or small businesses that want to save on IT investment.



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...

How to terminate a cloud service contract

Advice 19 Sep, 2014 Clare Hopping

What do you do if things go wrong? Clare Hopping takes a look

How to run an IT department as a cloud-aware business

Advice 9 Sep, 2014 Lesley Meall

The advent of cloud has changed things for CIOs - they must present a different face to business units

Canonical unveils Bootstack managed cloud offering

News 3 Sep, 2014 Rene Millman

Linux firm offers to manage Openstack environments for $15 per server per day

How to help your workforce make the change to the cloud

Advice 19 Aug, 2014 Mark Samuels

What happens when the upheaval is just that bit too drastic?

Azure customers hit by multiple outages

News 18 Aug, 2014 Rene Millman

Customers around the world unable to access Microsoft cloud

How to stop cloud costs escalating

Advice 12 Aug, 2014 David Cartwright

Going to cloud should help save money, just as long as you start on the right track and plan carefully

Where should your cloud datacentre be located?

Advice 7 Aug, 2014 Davey Winder

What are the factors you should take into account when it comes to locating datacentres?

Gatwick Airport using cloud to boost ground services collaboration

News 6 Aug, 2014 Rene Millman

Airport aims to improve customer experience as well with cloud testing

Q&A with David Cartwright

Case Studies 31 Jul, 2014 David Cartwright

The latest member of our expert panel to sit in the editor's hot seat is David Cartwright, who reflects on a varied career

Five common cloud problems – and how to fix them

Advice 29 Jul, 2014 Nick Booth

Success has many fathers, but failures are orphans. Here we name the main progenitors of the cloud’s problem children

How to write a cloud security policy

Advice 17 Jul, 2014 Davey Winder

Your old policy may cover the basics but it may not be appropriate for services in the cloud: time for a rethink

How to prepare for the cloud

Advice 15 Jul, 2014 Rene Millman

Are you ready for cloud? It pays to look at what your organisation does and what it needs.

What's the one thing you should know when moving to the cloud?

Advice 11 Jul, 2014 Cloud Pro Staff

Our panel considers the number one criterion when it comes to opting for cloud...

How to change cloud providers

Advice 11 Jul, 2014 David Cartwright

If you've signed up for a cloud provider, then there's no guarantee you'll stay forever - what do you when you want to move?

Has Office 365 jumped the shark?

Opinion 1 Jul, 2014 Davey Winder

Microsoft's poor response to downtime does it, its users, and the cloud industry no favours

How to trust your cloud service provider

Advice 27 Jun, 2014 Davey Winder

Moving to a third-party entails a lot of trust; what are the questions you should be asking?

EC touts standardised cloud SLAs for European businesses

News 27 Jun, 2014 Alex Hamilton

EU guidelines will provide a silver-lining for those struggling to migrate cloudwards

Is the Amazon Web Services' SLA really the worst one going?

Advice 6 Jun, 2014 Cloud Pro Staff

A reader has concerns over the AWS SLA: is it really that bad? Our panel thinks 'no'