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SaaS

SaaS: Short for Software as a Service, SaaS is a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a Web-based service. Software as a Service allows organizations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee. Also, because the software is hosted remotely, users don't need to invest in additional hardware. Software as a Service removes the need for organizations to handle the installation, set-up and often daily upkeep and maintenance. Software as a Service may also be referred to as simply hosted applications. (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 and Storage - The way ahead


Section: Research
Today people are slowly becoming aware that the term Cloud does not describe a single offering but is rather used to conveniently refer to a broad range of solutions. In addition the term is now being used in both the context of solutions residing inside the data centre or outside the business entirely. This research explores the considerations an organisation should take as they look at external cloud and storage and also questions what is the reality behind Cloud and ...   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

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

Server Virtualization - 2 Minute Explanation


Section: Research Video
An animated elevator pitch on the three types of server virtualization and their benefits. ...   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 Definitions, Deployment Considerations & Diversity


Section: Research
This White Paper provides clarity on the language of Cloud Computing, offers a practical description and ordering of the key Cloud terminology in use. It also puts forward the basic, but often unspoken, argument that organisations will need to address an increasingly fragmented notion of how IT is delivered going forward. The constraints of server rooms, DMZ’s, ownership and dedic ...   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 Perfect Storm - Why Now is the time for Open Source


Section: Research
Today’s open source is increasingly recognised for its ease of use, high performance and affordability, especially amidst today’s turbulent economic conditions.  According to CIO.com, 53% of businesses are already using open source. Another 10% plan to deploy in the next 12 months.   In this white paper you will learn: •   Why businesses are increasingly turning towards open source • &nb ...   read more

Cloud services make inroads into larger SMBs - Part 2


Section: Articles
Incumbent and start-up companies are both offering cloud-based solutions in record number, driven by several factors - or start-ups, the incentive is the lure of launching a business with significantly lower capital requirements that might otherwise be required, while capitalising on a growing demand. Of course, start-ups often enter into the market with new, innovative ideas long before the incumbents take that risk, and this serves to invigorate the market even more. Incumbents however, ...   read more

Defining 5 Cloud Categories


Section: Articles
To help understand what makes up the Cloud, Microsoft’s Darryl Chantry in an article entitled Mapping Applications to the Cloud, describes five broad categories that are used by service providers when mapping applications in the Cloud.   Below is a quick overview.   Cloud Infrastructure In practical terms, cloud infrastructure refers to the virtual servers that provide the horsepower t ...   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

High Availability Cloud Computing


Section: Articles Video
Brian Gracely of The CloudCast Video Channel discusses the basics of High Availability for applications in both Public Cloud and Private Cloud environments. He discusses legacy applications, virtualized applications and new web-scale applications, along with the underlying infrastructure t  read more

Is Your Network Ready for Cloud Computing?


Section: Articles Video
The cloud is changing the way that organisations are doing business. Although there are lots of terms being used...SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, private cloud, hybrid cloud, VDI, etc, essentially all are heading down the same path into the cloud. By 2014, according to Cisco, 50% of all workloads will be processed in the cloud and Gartner's study suggests cloud service spending will be 5x overall IT spending by 2015.   read more

Reliability of IT infrastructure is mission critical to Data-Centric Mortgage industry


Section: Articles
The mortgage and lending industry has faced major challenges over the past decade, not the least of which is the mortgage crisis, increasing reliance on unstable derivative instruments, and loss of confidence in major Wall Street players. Politics and financial gaming aside though, the mortgage industry faces another major challenge, and that is the need to leverage modern technology to the greatest extent possible.    The recent "robo-signing" debacle illustr ...   read more

What Makes a Successful Referral Program?


Section: Articles
The rise of social has brought Word of Mouth (WOM) marketing to the fore once again in recent years, as study after study has found that people are much more likely to use a service or buy a product that has been recommended by a friend. WOM is nothing new of course, from the very earliest incidences of retail, it’s fair to say that WOM has always worked in business’ favour, one way or another. These days, it’s all about online, of course and in this instance WOM is more commonl ...   read more

5 Trends in Cloud Computing


Section: Articles
As cloud computing continues its swift transition from slightly nebulous industry catchphrase to real-world business-critical solution, we are getting a clearer picture of who cloud customers are and what is driving them into the cloud. Here are five major trends in today’s emerging cloud landscape. SMBs and micro-businesses as major adopters of cloud computing technology.  The basic value proposition of the cloud means that the SMB and micro-b ...   read more

Cloud computing 'removes the hassle of software maintenance'


Section: News
Businesses still using traditional models of software procurement may find that their applications are getting a little "long in the tooth". According to EuroCloud, an organisation dedicated to promoting software-as-a-service (SaaS) on the continent, businesses that stick with tried-and-tested software distribution models could soon find themselves at a disadvantage. Placeholder0The organisation's vice-chairman Phil Wainewright said that old software becomes incre ...   read more

Cloud computing 'still in the early adoption phase'


Section: News
While software-as-a-service (SaaS) currently has more users than platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), new figures suggest that businesses are still experimenting with the cloud and that the latter two are likely to become more prevalent in the coming years. Placeholder0CompTIA's second annual Trends in Cloud Computing report showed that 32 per cent of respondents were using PaaS or IaaS, compared with 69 per cent making use of SaaS. ...   read more

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