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IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service refers to a combination of hosting, hardware, provisioning and basic services needed to run a cloud. The IaaS is the part of the cloud computing architecture that provides access over the Internet. Bandwidth allocation and server resources are essential elements of IaaS. The IaaS architecture specifies dynamic scaling of bandwidth. A cloud computing installation should never be overwhelmed by peak demand, because the infrastructure service should be able to quickly add the resources needed to accommodate peak demand. (Source:

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

Evolution of Hosted Server Computing

Section: Research
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is increasingly being talked about in the industry. Could this be of much benefit to your company? Find out more about meeting your server computing needs through the use of hosted infrastructure rather than by installing and running equipment in your own data centre or computer room.   Th ...   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

Cloud Computing Checkpoint

Section: Research
We’ve heard the promises, we’ve listened to the hype, but where exactly are we in terms of tangible activity and commitment when it comes to cloud computing? This report by Freeform Dynamics covers:   -  Introduction -  The context for hosted cloud -  Perceived relevance of hosted cloud -  Traditional versus cloud-based infrastructure/platform services -  Traditional ...   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

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

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

Survivors' Guide to the Cloud

Section: Research
In 2013, how are IT departments transforming IT efficiency, increasing agility and flexibility and lowering overheads without compromising security, availability or compliance? Whatever initiatives are implemented, the scope for transformation will continue to be limited as long as resources are kept within the boundaries of the organisation. This white paper: Explores the growing potential of cloud-based IT infrastructure service ...   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

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

Are Enterprise Cloud Services the CIO's Key to Innovation?

Section: Articles
There are already signs that CIOs see what needs to be done as they try to move forward. In October 2013, Gartner predicted that cloud computing would grow to represent the bulk of new IT spend by as soon as 2016. As long as CIOs are being pushed to deliver more with less, it is clear tha ...   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

Benefits of Migrating to Linux

Section: Articles
Migration programs are often met with resistance on the part of end users, and a demand for cost-justification from managers, and then after approval has been granted, the migration itself seldom goes exactly as planned. Nonetheless, if the key benefits have been defined, the results can be dramatic. Nowhere is this more evident than in a migration from proprietary UNIX to an read more

Cloud Compliance: Is the Cloud Keeping your Data Private?

Section: Articles
Public cloud computing, convenient and cost-saving, has replaced the large, on-site server rooms usually relied upon by companies. Data once saved in server rooms is stored in data centres often far from the company site, managed by a cloud provider that secures and protects the data. But at what point can conveni ...   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: Solid definitions for an idea that is hard to put your finger on

Section: Articles
No technological concept has elicited more confusion and marketing hype than the "cloud." The confusion starts with the simple fact that the word itself seems intangible and fuzzy, and is further complicated by marketing people who want to attach "cloud" to every new marketing product they have. And to make it even more complicated, before we had the "cloud," the Internet was typically rep ...   read more

Cloud Trends for 2013 and Beyond

Section: Articles
The cloud has settled in to stay. Since its first emergence, cloud has been both a curiosity and a concern for CIOs and IT professionals. Now that this modern computing system has swept the information industry, what will happen next?

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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

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

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