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Cloud Services

Cloud Services: Cloud Services made available to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider's servers as opposed to being provided from a company's own on-premises servers. Cloud services are designed to provide easy, scalable access to applications, resources and services, and are fully managed by a cloud services provider. (Source: Webopedia)

Cloud Services - Mobile & Remote Working


Section: Research
  Cloud Services, which are IT Solutions and Services delivered and consumed real time over the Internet, have now become an integral part of daily operations for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).   The ‘workplace’ is no longer a fixed location - remote, mobile and flexible working is now co ...   read more

Cloud, Managed Hosting, Colo or In-house?


Section: Research
The decision to outsource or in-source data centre services is not one taken lightly. Just as organisations felt they had figured out what to outsource and what to keep in-house, cloud computing has fuelled renewed interest in outsourcing, resulting in enterprises reassessing their IT service sourcing strategies. This white paper provides some important considerations when deciding on data centre services and covers the following: < ...   read more

Trust and Security in the Cloud


Section: Research
The delivery of cloud based application functionality via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model frequently sparks a vigorous debate on security-related concerns. It is common to hear IT professionals question whether service providers can be trusted to look after critical and confidential business data. But while the concerns may be real, are they justified or is it a case of being wary of the unknown while overlooking the shortcomings of internal systems? This r ...   read more

Cloud Connectivity - Simply Does It


Section: Research
  We keep hearing that network connectivity is a problem when considering moving to Cloud services. We’ve heard the doubts and listened to the success stories. So where are we when it comes to Cloud and connectivity?   This report by Freeform Dynamics covers:   -  Introduction -  The majority are positive about Cloud connectivity -  Remote working is widely supported ...   read more

7 Points a Business Manager should know about Server Virtualization


Section: Research
If you are a business manager and are wondering whether server virtualization savings can be applied in your organisation, then this document will assist you.   Server virtualization is proven to reduce server-related IT costs by more than 30%. Business and IT Managers from small to large enterprises are reaping significant cost benefits through the magic of server virtualization. This document will help facilitate an informed deci ...   read more

A Gift from IT to the Business


Section: Research
Spend visibility; using an on-demand service to deliver rapid business value IT managers that fail to embrace on-demand services will hold back the organisation they are supposed to be supporting. Such services can save costs within IT, as well as provide new capabilities to the business that have previously been unavailable or unaffordable. On-demand services also allow IT departments to focus more on managing infor ...   read more

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) - 2 minute video explanation


Section: Research Video
SaaS goes the whole hog, offering fully functional applications on-demand to provide specific services such as email management, CRM, ERP, web conferencing and an increasingly wide range of other applications. ...   read more

Cloud Adoption and Trends for 2012


Section: Research
This paper explores current adoption of practical cloud services across the UK and looks into the levels of adoption across different organisational types; the drivers for adoption; the services being accessed; satisfaction levels and the issues and concerns that impede adoption at times. From this paper the reader should be able to gauge current market readiness and satisfaction levels of cloud service users in the UK and be able to   read more

Cloud Adoption Guide


Section: Research
This book examines the various cloud platform options, highlights best practice approaches to cloud adoption, and defines an assessment framework to help prioritise applications for cloud adoption. Written by Fujitsu a leading cloud provider, it serves as a valuable guide as you and your management colleagues together seek to maximise the business benefits of the move to cloud. This white paper covers What is Cloud? What Cloud M ...   read more

Cloud Computing: What is its Potential Value for Your Company?


Section: Research
Cloud computing’s value proposition centres on solving a dilemma almost every CIO faces: Lack of budget to truly improve a business’s competitive position in the market. The technology’s widely acclaimed benefits for small and mid-size businesses include low start-up costs, low cost for sporadic use, ease of management, scalability, device and location independence & rapid innovation. This paper will guide you through the Google Apps success stories which have h ...   read more

Compliance in the Cloud


Section: Research
In mid 2011, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established a Service Organization Controls (SOC) reporting framework for Cloud Providers. SOC 2 and 3 reports address non-financial controls. These new reports are designed specifically to audit data centre organizations or cloud providers by using uniform criteria relating to IT infrastructure and software. It is important for any company or organization looking to use a cloud provide ...   read more

Contracting Cloud Services - A Guide to Best Practice


Section: Research
Many similes and metaphors have been used to describe Cloud Services ranging from ‘elastic supply’ to ‘a form of outsourcing’. The challenge in entering any supply contract though is to define and embody in plain words a common understanding, set of expectations and requirements between (normally) two parties committing to a supplier-customer relationship. As with all new markets, there are entrants who are credible, well intentioned, capable an ...   read more

Don't forget the network


Section: Research
The overall IT networking requirements of a given organisation are not provided as a single utility. Instead they comprise a constantly evolving patchwork of technology and services, some maintained in-house and some provided by third parties, the availability and performance of which are often taken for granted until something goes wrong. Over time this ‘network’ has become embedded in nearly every business process; when the network fails the processes fail too. To prevent this ...   read more

Opportunities for the Cloud in the Enterprise


Section: Research
Cloud computing represents the next evolutionary step toward elastic IT.  It promises to transform the way your IT infrastructure is constituted and managed, through consumable services for infrastructure, platform, and applications. The big picture is to convert your IT infrastructure from a "factory” into a "supply chain”. But there are a number of concerns with adopting this model, most notably around maturity levels, security and compliance, performance and reliability, ...   read more

The Data Sharing Paradox


Section: Research
Small businesses acknowledge that enabling access to data for remote employees and users from external organisations is fundamental to ensuring the on-going efficiency of the processes that drive their businesses. However, they also worry about the risks involved. This report looks at the degree to which small businesses are sharing data today, the ways in which they are doing so and the real and perceived risks. It goes on to look at how these risks can be mitigated and draws o ...   read more

11 Points to Prepare for Cloud Adoption


Section: Articles
With cloud adoption rapidly accelerating, today’s IT leaders must learn to execute dramatic shifts in IT technology, processes and staffing, or else suffer the consequences of poor cloud integration. What steps should decision makers take to ensure their departments and organisations thrive inside the cloud? The following are eleven essential points to prepare for cloud adoption in today’s IT environment.   Prepare for the shift. It can be te ...   read more

5 Ways Your Business Can Leverage Infrastructure-as-a-Service


Section: Articles
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is at the core of the cloud, making up its most powerful and complex layer. It’s no wonder then that most cloud spending today is being distributed in the IaaS arena, where Virtual Dedicated Servers (VDS) are offering IT managers access to services that look and act like real physical servers. Rather than spend on the costly maintenance of legacy servers, IT managers can now repurpose development time towards revenue-generating applications through the c ...   read more

Adopting the Cloud: Addressing Management Concerns


Section: Articles
Members of management often have concerns when faced with the adoption of a cloud computing model for their business.  Many times this is the result of a lack of understanding of the cloud, and this can morph into active resistance if it is not addressed promptly and with facts that address those concerns.  Two central issues arise when most migrations to the cloud are being planned:  Financial considerations and security.  &nbs ...   read more

As cloud takes over, what is the role of the IT manager?


Section: Articles
The industrialisation of IT has long commenced. Legacy systems requiring manual management of IT structure have fallen to the wayside, one by one, as automated cloud computing systems have usurped the place of typical IT professionals and infrastructure managers. Unrest has shaken the industry since at least 2010, and the same advice has been issued over and over again, in varying tones. F ...   read more

Best of both worlds: Virtual privacy in the public cloud


Section: Articles
Enterprises looking for the benefits of cloud computing may be averse to the idea, out of concern over lack of control, compliance issues or security. Those with a transaction-based environment or which collect credit card information will be especially aware of the potential risks, no matter how remote they may be. The virtual private cloud option, a relatively new and almost unheard-of concept, often makes sense and is not as confusing as it sounds.     read more

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