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Cloud Service Provider (CSP)

Cloud Service Provider (CSP): A service provider that offers customers storage or software services available via a private (private cloud) or public network (cloud). Usually, it means the storage and software is available for access via the Internet. (Source: Webopedia)

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

The Future of Cloud Computing: Unified Management and Automation


Section: Research
Tight budgets, outages in services and competitive pressures are leading to increasing numbers of organisations to adopt agile IT environments, namely deploying and managing resources more flexibly and cost effectively. This tension is creating a demand for highly automated unified management solutions to manage consolidated and increasingly dynamic IT operations in a unified way. ...   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

A Buyers Guide to Cloud Services


Section: Research
In the UK today over 50 per cent of organisations have formally utilised at least one Cloud service and satisfaction levels relating to that experience grew to an astonishing 96 per cent by the end of 2011. Furthermore, 85 per cent of IT Executives stated that they now formally considered Cloud as a viable option for delivering new IT projects within their wider IT strategy, signalling that the technical model has established a mainstream status among the profession. What ...   read more

Avoiding the shoebox: managing expenses in small and mid-sized businesses


Section: Research
Managing business expenses effectively and efficiently is an imperative process - not just a nice to have.   More than ever before, small businesses need to efficiently control costs and optimise cash flow. But how, and what role does automation play in this process?   This white paper covers the following:   -  Introduction - it's time to deal with expense claims -  ...   read more

Backup Solutions for SMBs: Tape vs. the Cloud


Section: Research
Tape backup has been the traditional method for routine backup and archival data storage. The decreasing price of hard disks however, has many businesses switching to disk backup or a combination of tape and disk. But local disk backups suffer from many of the same issues as tape. In addition to high hardware and administration costs, neither tape nor disk will provide disaster recovery unless they are stored off-site. Moving backups off-site increases risks in terms of security and comp ...   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

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 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

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

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

Better Together - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployment with Egenera


Section: Articles
The rewards of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment naturally start with, from the point of view of the end user, increased mobility between, better access to information, and more flexibility in access device type (PC’s, notebooks, Mac, Smartphones and Tablets).  From the perspective of IT, VDI promises reduced costs thus boosting the bottom line and making IT look like heroes.   This is the nirvana of virtually every corporation in the world. And while the b ...   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

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 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

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