While cloud computing uses have exploded, IT pros remain
about the benefits of cloud in their data centres. In this
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 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
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
- Is cloud computing reincarnated SOA?
- Unified computing and cloud complicate OEM market
- Addressing mobile cloud security issues
- What can SMBs outsource to cloud storage and backup services?
- Facing the challenges of cloud computing identity management
- PizzaExpress uses cloud-based service to deliver valuable customer data
- Directory of UK cloud providers
This was first published in June 2011