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Cloud Platform

Cloud Platform : Cloud platform services, also known as platform as a service (PaaS), deliver a computing platform and/or solution stack as a service, often consuming cloud infrastructure and sustaining cloud applications. It facilitates deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software layers. (Source: Wikipedia)

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector


Section: Research
Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services” where different departments share a single source of function. This report looks at the promise and issues of cloud computing today in the Public Sector, along with the direction cloud needs to take in order to fulfil on its promise. The following topics are covered: -  The public sector in 2011 and beyond ...   read more

Understanding Enterprise Cloud Management


Section: Research
New applications, driven largely by the economics of cloud computing raise three critical questions for those who own operations for these applications: Who is managing your cloud applications? How wisely are you managing your cloud applications? What freedom do you have in managing your cloud applications? In this paper, learn about: What to look for from Enterpri ...   read more

Cloud computing risk factors, and the real and imaginary bogeymen that lurk in data centres


Section: Articles
Nearly every company, from one-person startups to FTSE 100 enterprises, either has an active cloud strategy or is at least considering one. The maturity of the technology and robustness of cloud data centre offerings has overcome most irrational fears of the cloud and the technology has earned its place in the canon of acceptable business practices. Excitement abounds over the prospect of lowered or nonexistent capital expenditure, the ability to roll out a p ...   read more

Cloud computing risk factors Part 2: The bogeymen continue


Section: Articles
Cloud computing risk factors, both real and imagined, continue to lurk around every corner. But rather than running in the opposite direction as fast as one possibly can, the more appropriate response is to acknowledge that there are risk factors in the cloud, as there are with any other business computing model; to weigh those risks against potential rewards, and to exercise due diligence and best practices in mitigating those risks.     &n ...   read more

Deploying Cloud in the Enterprise


Section: Articles
 The risks and rewards of the cloud have long been analysed, and cloud has moved beyond the "proof of concept" stage to become a viable business model within the enterprise. But as a business model, cloud is disruptive. It changes key processes, alters strategi ...   read more

Ensuring SLA compliance and disaster recovery in the cloud


Section: Articles
A strategic move to the cloud is often driven by two or three key considerations, most often, these include the ability to reduce capital expense and establish more predictable operating expense, and establishing a more scalable and more easily manageable infrastructure.    Whilst a company’s first foray into the cloud is likely to be proof-of-concept applications that are less mission-critical, more companies are finding it advantageous to strategically ...   read more

Multi-cloud strategies help to overcome risks of the cloud


Section: Articles
One of the benefits of cloud computing is that, assuming virtualization is implemented in the cloud farm, that layer of abstraction affords some measure of protection against loss or downtime in the event of a single hardware failure. And of course, utilizing a cloud platform adds innumerable other benefits, not the least of which is the ability to access data and applications from any location, and protection against downtime from an in-house data centre failure.   read more

Nat West Failure - What can banks learn from Cloud Service Providers?


Section: Articles
The outage of Nat West's systems has been going on for six days now and the firm is being criticised for its handling of the situation and how it has communicated with its customers. Nat West is finding, to its cost, that its initial policy of giving messages of reassurance to customers is not enough. People need to hear what has gone wrong, how it will be fixed and how long that fix will take. At this point Nat West should be looking to the examples set out among the cloud ...   read more

The possibilities of Hadoop for Big Data


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What's Holding Businesses Back From the Cloud?


Section: Articles
The typical internal IT infrastructure is mired in complexity; costly and cumbersome to manage; and the opposite of dynamic and agile. Any on-premise server that is not fully utilised represents a costly waste of resources. Extrapolate that across the entire company, and the inefficiencies are likely to assume staggering proportions. It is in this context that an organisation’s interest in cloud-based systems and services will typically originate. An overwhelm ...   read more

40% of Workers Never Heard of Virtualization, according to Cisco Study


Section: News
A new study by Cisco mConcierge partners has found that 40% of workers have never heard of the term virtualization, including IT personnel. 53% of those that don’t work in IT have never heard anything about the technology and just 34% think that the company they work for uses virtualization. Worse, 80% of top-level executives have no idea whether using virtualization solutions would benefit their company or not. Bearing this in mind, it’s no real surprise that   read more

Apple iCloud Attacked


Section: News
A US journalist has had his entire ‘digital life’ deleted after Apple’s support team were tricked into resetting his iCloud account. Mat Honan not only lost control and data on all of his Apple devices; an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air, but the attacker also took over his Twitter, Gizmodo and Google accounts, A hacker later contacted Mr Honan and claimed his victory, but left Honan confused as to how this had taken place as it wasn’t what anyone would consider a ‘hack’ as such. ...   read more

Cloud Computing Event for Business Leaders


Section: News
The Cloud Circle Forum (CCF) are to hold an event next Thursday July 5th, for business leaders, designed to help them get to grips with the latest happenings in cloud computing. The event will focus on "the implications of cloud computing for value creation, innovation and competitive advantage”. The event will take place at the America Square Conference Centre in London and runs from 08:20am to 17:45pm. According to the event information, recent research has from analysts IDC h ...   read more

Cloud standards 'are progressing rapidly'


Section: News
Fixed standards for cloud computing security and management are progressing rapidly as more organisations adopt the technology, it has been claimed. IT infrastructure specialist Terremark recently suggested that many large cloud computing adopters are to be found in the Open Data Centre Alliance (ODCA) and they are pushing ...   read more

Companies Should Dump Unnecessary Apps


Section: News
The average global company has around 20% of "redundant applications”, according to a new study carried out by Capgemini and HP. The research found that millions of out-dated apps are still being used within US and European companies that don't provide full business value. This highlights the need for companies to better streamline their IT applications, especially before migration to the cloud, in order to avoid spending valuable resources and finances on the maintenance of unn ...   read more

Datacenter Technologies Academy Conference


Section: News
The annual Datacenter Technologies Academy conference is to be held in London tomorrow and will bring together leading market suppliers in order to deliver a series of talks on the latest IT solutions. Now in its fifth year in the UK capital, the conference will run educational sessions including some from SNIA Europe as well as customer case studies from some of the leading organisations in the industry. Various topics will be covered on "key technologies” including virtualizat ...   read more

EC release Cloud Strategy for Europe


Section: News
The European Commission (EC) has released "Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe” as part of its ongoing Digital Agenda. The strategy is designed to help drive business in Europe with the help of cloud computing. It’s hoped that the strategy will "deliver a net gain of 2.5 million new European jobs, and an annual boost of EUR 160 billion,” by 2020 as it w ...   read more

Fujitsu & VMware Provide 'Cloud-in-a-box'


Section: News
Fujitsu is to offer a preconfigured ‘cloud-in-a-box’ product to customers wanting to set up their own private cloud, which will be named Fujitsu Dynamic Infrastructure for VMware vCloud. The new product is also to provide support and vCloud Director orchestration tools. Fujitsu are not the first company to offer such a service but will be the first which includes a complete VMware stack; HP and Dell also offer ‘straight out of the box’ cloud packages. "We are differenti ...   read more

Gartner Predict Public Cloud to Grow 18.5% this Year


Section: News
A new study from Gartner has predicted that the public cloud industry will continue to grow this year at a rate of 18.5%, reaching a total of $131bn globally. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) will continue to show the strongest growth and it’s expected that these should reach growth of 47.3% in 2013 reaching a total of $9bn. IaaS includes services such as cloud compute, storage and print solutions. Cloud advertising remains the biggest cloud sector, accounting for 48 ...   read more

Interoute’s Matthew Finnie Talks Apps at Cloud Expo Europe


Section: News
Interoute’s Matthew Finnie is due to give a talk this afternoon at this year’s Cloud Expo Europe, being held at the National Hall Olympia, London today and tomorrow. He is to give a talk at 13.50 pm entitled "The rise of the Enterprise App Store – will the Enterprise App Store change the way we purchase technology forever?” Finnie will ...   read more

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