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”.

Everton FC substituted spreadsheets for software mere months before the GDPR kickoff

In-depth
29 Nov, 2018
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

The club managed to modernise its entire system in under five months

Liverpool FC focuses on user-centric UC in strategic partnership with Mitel

News
26 Nov, 2018
Maggie Holland

Clubs says it is global, with a local pulse as it commits to using latest tech to enhance fan and employee experience

UK Cloud Awards 2019 now open for business

News
21 Nov, 2018
Virtual Clouds

Now in their sixth year, the awards look to celebrate the many achievements of and developments in the UK cloud industry...

UKCA Winner Showcase: Stephen James Group and CVD

Case Studies
16 Nov, 2018
Maggie Holland

We take a look back on some of this year’s winning entries...

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VMworld Europe 2018: VMware expands AWS and IBM partnerships to fuel hybrid cloud

News
7 Nov, 2018
Adam Shepherd

Virtualisation leader also snaps up Kubernetes founders

Laptop on a desk with a cloud illustration overlay, with icons to represent a virtual desktop

What are cloud desktops and how can they benefit my business?

In-depth
30 Oct, 2018
Esther Kezia Thorpe

Cloud desktops provide businesses with the flexibility and scalability they need to grow and collaborate

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Cloud? Why not, says Lambeth council

News
26 Oct, 2018
Maggie Holland

The London borough is using cloud-based technologies wherever it can to transform the way it interacts with citizens and employees alike

Oracle goes back to its startup roots to give something back

News
26 Oct, 2018
Maggie Holland

And it’s not after any equity in return…

Firefox to get anti-tracking by default

News
24 Oct, 2018
Clare Hopping

Although the feature will launch in Firefox 63 as an additional setting, it will be turned on by default next year

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Seven years from now all cloud apps will be AI-powered

News
23 Oct, 2018
Maggie Holland

Oracle CEO talks up the combined power of AI and the cloud at firm’s annual conference

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison takes aim at AWS, talks up Gen 2 Cloud capabilities

News
23 Oct, 2018
Maggie Holland

Oracle’s cloud is cheaper, quicker, and just generally better than Amazon’s, according to chairman and CTO

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What to expect at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Opinion
22 Oct, 2018
Maggie Holland

Just a few weeks after San Francisco played home to Saleaforce’s Dreamforce conference, it’s time for OOW…

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Our 5-minute guide to enterprise cloud computing

In-depth
22 Oct, 2018
Esther Kezia Thorpe

What is enterprise cloud computing, how is it used, and what are the business benefits?

Are you headed in the right direction for digital transformation?

Sponsored
16 Oct, 2018
Virtual Clouds

With so many considerations, how do you prioritise for digital success now and going forward?

Metallica rocks out to the cloud: Dreamforce 2018 View from the airport

Opinion
28 Sep, 2018
Maggie Holland

We look back on the week gone by at the cloud giant’s annual conference…

Cloud

AWS and Salesforce extend partnership to aid digital transformation through simplified data sharing

News
25 Sep, 2018
Maggie Holland

Strategic alliance extension will make it easier to share data and events across AWS and Salesforce services

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Four ways to keep cloud costs under control

In-depth
17 Sep, 2018
Esther Kezia Thorpe

Individual cloud costs may look manageable, but can quickly spiral out of control. Read our tips to get a grip on cloud spending

How much is your data really worth?

Sponsored
25 Jul, 2018

Data is incredibly valuable, but it’s not worth anywhere near as much without the analytical infrastructure to make full use of it

Google's Cloud Services Platform seeks to cut cost of hybrid

News
24 Jul, 2018
Dale Walker

The new platform will combine Kubernetes and Istio into a single managed service

Sundar Pichai: Google Cloud Platform is "gaining traction" in the enterprise

News
24 Jul, 2018
Joe Curtis

CEO cites growing momentum ahead of Google Cloud Next 18