Cloud vision

  • Looking for results? Look at the Cloud

    It is fascinating to watch the trajectory of technologies. Some, like mobile banking, make a false start before staging a spectacular comeback; others such as social technologies hit the ground running and never look back, whilst others like the...

  • Performance: The Cloud's Achilles Heel?

    Think about all the steps in a hypothetical ‘digital value chain’. An order comes in through a branch office or shop. HQ is queried for customer account data. Then a third party or stock management department is queried on...

  • Cloud computing and EU data protection law: Part Two

    Part one covered how the EU Data Protection Directive may apply to non-European Economic Area (EEA) cloud users or cloud service providers.This part summarises how EEA cloud users are affected by the Directive's requirement that...

  • What exactly is MFT in the cloud?

    Companies everywhere are experiencing greater demands for the secure transfer of Big Data, and at the same time, the availability of cloud computing for securely sharing document has grown exponentially. This in turn has pushed managed file...

  • Using log management to unlock private cloud security

    We have established that log management is the key to visibility in the cloud. It can help IT departments to understand what is happening inside their cloud infrastructure, drawing back the veil normally associated with cloud deployments. But...

  • Mapping security in the private cloud

    In my last blog post, I identified some subtle but important security problems facing organisations deploying private cloud technology. In this, the second of a three-post series, I’ll explain how to tackle those problems. We have shown...

  • The private cloud security problem

    Cloud computing brings unquestionable benefits, but amid all of the congratulatory rhetoric, it is important to understand the dangers so that we can prepare for them. In this series of three blog posts, I’ll explain those dangers, and...

  • Transition to cloud - The journey

    The concept of cloud is now heard in almost every board room, forum or CIO/CTO’s weekly agenda. Whilst cloud makes an impressive proposition in terms of return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO), the main challenge faced...

  • Cloud infrastructure security is the issue

    Physical Security. Facilities should be hardened with climate control, and fire prevention and suppression systems, uninterruptable power supplies, and have round-the-clock onsite security personnel. Look for a provider that offers biometric...

  • Weighing up the cost of the Cloud

    Organisations need more education about the real costs of cloud computing. There are, of course, significant benefits with cloud - speed of implementation and increased flexibility, for example. But there is also too much hype and with it...

  • Bringing enterprise SLAs into the cloud era

    Service Level Agreements (SLAs) have been a staple of the enterprise IT industry for the past couple of decades. However, in this burgeoning era of cloud computing, the SLA approaches of old are in danger of becoming obsolete. The real reason...

  • Three myths clouding CIO judgment

    For today's CIO, the perceived barriers to cloud computing remain security, regulation and compliance. The danger that data loss poses to brand equity, customer trust and share price is just the same whether data is stored in a cloud computing...

  • European clouds - the virtual journeys

    Though the concept of "cloud computing" is not new, it is undisputable that it has captured the imagination of the IT industry and will play a large part in the ICT domain over the next 10 years or more. Particularly as future systems further...

  • Cloud computing service or a mirage of hot air?

    The term cloud computing has become a constant fixture in the media - and indeed in the boardroom. It seems that you can’t have a conversation in IT without the term coming up at least once. The reasons for this are clear; the economic...

  • Office 365: Weighing up the Pros and Cons

    Everyone’s talking about Microsoft’s Office 365, so what’s all the fuss about? Essentially, Microsoft are offering a web-based suite of software and services that provides an impressive array of enterprise level functionality at...

  • The benefits of the cloud for performance testing

    Companies all around the world rely on business applications to execute critical transactions all day, every day. There’s no such thing as a normal day, unusually high demands such as promotional or seasonal trading can be a...

  • Back to the future: Success in the cloud

    A survey of 800 CIOs across Europe we recently commissioned has uncovered a seemingly ambivalent attitude towards calculating the return on investment (ROI) of the Cloud.  Only one third (31%) of the IT leaders we spoke to believed that they...

  • Cloud computing and EU data protection law

    This article considers some international aspects of the EU Data Protection Directive as it affects cloud computing. This Directive, which extends to the European Economic Area (the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), regulates the...

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