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”.

Cloud people

Early bird discount for UK Cloud Awards ends today

News
8 Feb, 2019
Virtual Clouds

There are just a few hours left to benefit from the early bird entry discount...

Cloud security

Are you really ready for the cloud?

Sponsored
7 Feb, 2019

Moving to the cloud isn’t as simple as flicking a switch - you need to make sure you’re prepared

CDW confirmed as headline sponsor for UKCA 2019

News
4 Feb, 2019
Virtual Clouds

Tech solutions and services firm shows support for this year's UK Cloud Awards

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Our 5-minute guide to enterprise cloud computing

In-depth
4 Feb, 2019
Esther Kezia Thorpe Grace Halverson

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

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Four ways to keep cloud costs under control

In-depth
30 Jan, 2019
Esther Kezia Thorpe Grace Halverson

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

UKCA FAQs: Everything you need to know

Advice
30 Jan, 2019
Virtual Clouds

We answer key questions surrounding the 2019 UK Cloud Awards...

How to write an award-winning UKCA 2019 entry

Advice
29 Jan, 2019
Virtual Clouds

Jez Back, UKCA 2019 head judge, offers words of advice to those participating...

Q&A: Jez Back, UKCA head judge

Advice
28 Jan, 2019
Virtual Clouds

We talk about all things cloud with the head judge of the UKCA 2019...

What to look for in a secure cloud system

In-depth
24 Jan, 2019
Esther Kezia Thorpe Grace Halverson

Not all cloud solutions support the same level of security, so what should organisations look out for when choosing a solution?

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Our 5-minute guide to virtual private cloud

In-depth
21 Jan, 2019
Virtual Clouds Esther Kezia Thorpe

Learn about the benefits and limitations of a virtual private cloud, and how it can be used in your business

AI development

Oracle CEO: All cloud apps to include AI as standard by 2025

News
18 Jan, 2019
Maggie Holland

Mark Hurd used the firm's EMEA conference to make predictions around the union between disruptive tech such as AI and the cloud

Startup receives $30 million from AWS and Samsung to fund new IoT tech

News
15 Jan, 2019
Connor Jones

The company believes its product will encourage people to build IoT networks

Best tech podcasts for 2019

In-depth
27 Dec, 2018
Steve Clark

Steve Clark picks 20 brilliant technology podcasts you should subscribe to in 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

News
25 Dec, 2018
Virtual Clouds

We've got some great content lined up for you while we enjoy some festive holiday...

Cloud

A year in cloud: A look back on 2018

In-depth
24 Dec, 2018
Virtual Clouds

The team look back on their stand-out cloud moments of the year

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...