By Trefor Davies, Chief Technology Officer at Timico
Up until a year or two ago broadband was considered important to a business. This was reflected in the type of packages being offered by ISPs – less contention/congestion that that provided to consumers and less likely to be traffic shaped. This was important because a business didn’t want delays in email delivery or issues with running VoIP services. The bigger the business the more services that were likely to be run over that broadband connection and there came a point where that business would need to invest in more reliable uncontended Ethernet connectivity to operate.
By Christian Toon, head of information security for Iron Mountain Europe
It’s 3 a.m. do you know where all your company data is? The chances are that some of it is in paper format around the office; some is stored electronically on PCs, shared drives and servers; and probably more than you expect is being carried around on employees’ personal devices or in their homes. However, for at least three quarters of you, a growing proportion of your business data will be offsite ‘in the cloud.’
By Darren Briscoe, Technical Director at Comms-care
Not a day goes by without another story about cloud computing. With so many companies looking to outsource their IT maintenance to save money, cloud offers a flexible and cost effective way to run an organisation. But cloud computing is a business model that few organisations understand fully. For a start, the ‘cloud world’ is a divided one, in that there are two different types of cloud environments: private and public. Both offer many benefits, but there are big differences between the two – particularly when it comes to data protection. Continue reading
By Jonathan Richards, CEO, BreatheHR
It seems hard to remember a time when businesses didn’t rely on computers, email, software and databases to run and facilitate the majority of their core business processes.
The emergence of cloud computing offers businesses a new set of tools and services through which their can streamline and improve the way in which they work. However, many businesses are still a little wary of the idea of storing and retrieving business critical data and documentation in the cloud. Continue reading
By Peter Gradwell, founder of award winning VoIP and Internet provider Gradwell
Search google for cloud and you’ll turn up a lot of tech industry buzz phrases that end in “as a service”, or worse, their acronyms; SaaS; HaaS; Paas; and so on. Soon, what should be a fairly simple concept feels a lot more complex for business owners.
For those who don’t have the word “Technology” in their job title, we can simply think of cloud as being able to access files and applications over the internet. If we cut through the jargon and think in those terms, then it starts to become easier to see some of the business and lifestyle benefits of could computing. Continue reading
By Abigail Phillips
Today marks the launch of the world’s first Cloud Desktop that enables users to access their own computer in the Cloud from any location.
Global porvider of online collaboration solutions, Mikogo, has invented an innovative way of hosting an entire computer system in the Cloud. The revolutionary browser-based system, built on HTML5, makes it possible for users to access their very own computer system, from any computer, smartphone or tablet directly from within a web browser without any software downloads or plug-in installations. Continue reading
By Christopher Barnatt, Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies at Nottingham University Business School and the author of ‘A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing ‘(2010) and ‘25 Things You Need to Know About the Future’ (2012). His latest book, ‘Seven Ways to Fix the World’ was published in Sept 2012.
With the initial flurries of disbelief and mania out of the way, cloud computing is now starting to settle. For many businesses the benefits in terms of cost and levelling the playing field are clear, with adoption steadily proceeding. However, it is also already evident that the next generation of cloud developments will be about more than saving money and improving collaboration by migrating e-mail and office apps to the Internet.
For start, many Big Data solutions are likely to be cloud-centric. Big Data generates value from the storage and processing of very large quantities of digital information that cannot be analyzed with traditional computing techniques. In practical terms, Big Data is therefore all about understanding customers better and using this information to increase personalization, improve logistics, and reduce waste. Continue reading
By David Stuges, Chief Commercial Officer, WorkPlaceLive
Today’s snowstorm has forced thousands of schools and businesses to close and caused major transport disruptions across the UK, with sections of major motorways being shut and the northern runway at Heathrow closed. Many businesses have been sending employees home and with more snow forecast, employers will be worrying about the impact of this disruption on their businesses and their ability to deliver services as usual. Continue reading
By Neil Stephenson, CEO, Onyx Group
The Generation of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing, in which data is stored and applications are run in virtualised pools, is increasing in popularity as businesses realise the benefits it can offer. These include the flexibility to scale storage capacity up or down depending on requirements and the fact that there is no need for Capital Expenditure (CAPEX), removing the requirement for large upfront costs and making it easier for new businesses to implement. Continue reading