Special report

Trends in cloud computing technologies

While cloud computing uses have exploded, IT pros remain uncertain 
about the benefits of cloud in their data centres. In this

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guide to cloud 
computing trends, you'll see how other UK organisations have taken 
advantage of the latest cloud computing technologies to save money, 
maximise virtualisation benefits and even improve security. You'll also
find our latest survey results to see just how popular cloud computing 
has become as well as expert technical advice to help ensure your data
centre a smooth transition to a cloud environment. 

 

Cloud adoption trends | Cloud storage | Securing your cloud | Networking and the cloud | Data management in cloud environments | Additional resources

 

  Cloud computing adoption
in virtualised data centres

  


Cloud computing adoption remains tepid 
A recent survey on cloud adoption shows that while many IT shops have embraced server virtualisation, the cost benefits of cloud computing aren’t widely understood.

For more on cloud adoption trends:
    
Cloud adoption picks up in the UK as CIOs adapt to new delivery model 
    IT budgets make room for cloud computing in 2011

 

  Assessing cloud
computing storage

  


Cloud storage takes off for primary data, backup and archiving
In many UK organisations, cloud storage has become a viable target for backup, archiving and even some primary data scenarios.

For more on storage in the cloud:
    Successful cloud storage depends on trust 
    Is cloud data storage right for your IT infrastructure?

 

  Minimising cloud
computing security risks

  


Extra negotiation helps firm answer cloud computing security questions
What should you do if your CISO raises questions about cloud security after you’ve already signed a contract with a cloud provider? Find a way to renegotiate, says one consultant.

For more on cloud security issues:
    
Maintaining a secure cloud computing implementation
    Cloud computing and security: SLA compliance and cloud encryption

 

  Easing networking
concerns with cloud

  


Hybrid cloud model saves university money on data centre upgrade 
By implementing a hybrid cloud model, Loughborough University saved money on its data centre infrastructure upgrade as well as its networks and collaborative applications.

For more on cloud computing and networking:
   
Two UK hospitals share a hosted private cloud
   UK cloud computing trends: Are IT shops buying in?

 

  Data management
in cloud environments

  


What to look out for when migrating to cloud databases
Companies going for a mix-and-match approach to migrating databases to the cloud are meeting interoperability problems. Early evaluation is necessary for successful integration.

For more on databases in the cloud:
   
Internet SMEs consider cloud-based database services
   RainStor offers cloud-ready data deduplication

 

  Additional resources on
UK cloud computing
  

 


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This was first published in June 2011

 

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