Private vs. Public- why private offers more advantage

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

The future of the cloud: Unknown, not disillusioned

By Sean Bowen, CEO of Push Technology

Last year a Gartner paper branded cloud computing on a potential path to ‘disillusionment’. Certainly, uptake of the cloud has been a slow process, but is this because the value proposition of the cloud hasn’t been clearly communicated enough in simple terms to the layman?

Essentially the Cloud is a utility, packaged in convenient API’s (Application Programming Interfaces), exposed over relevant APPs (Applications), so that services, infrastructure and resource costs can be exploited tactically in addition to traditional managed hosting, leased infrastructure and private facilities.

Similarly for big data – it’s heralded as a solution for a whole host of business problems – but many would be unable to outline what it is, or how it can be utilised effectively. Big data, fundamentally, is about the relevant, timely and responsive analysis and distribution of data to streamline actionable business intelligence. It seems to me that there is a deep lack of understanding for such a commonly discussed trend, and it is important that this is addressed. Continue reading

Clarity to the cloud marketplace

By Campbell Williams, Group Strategy & Marketing Director at Six Degrees Group


Six Degrees Group has vowed to bring some clarity to the cloud marketplace with its latest initiative: Up to the Cloud: ( after worrying poll results showed that technology companies are full of more confusing waffle than politicians, bankers and law firms combined.

The results were stark. Over half of the business people surveyed felt “jargon junkies” at technology companies were guilty of using confusing words and acronyms, compared to 24% for government, 16% for bankers and only 9% for lawyers. As a consequence, many business decision makers have been left completely bewildered. Continue reading

Simple and practical ways cloud computing can help your business

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

The Buck Stops with You: Advice when Selecting a Cloud Provider

By Phil Evans, Vice President, Business Development at Datacastle


The deployment and use of cloud based platforms and solutions at Enterprise-level is becoming increasingly popular as their true value is realised. When properly implemented cloud computing can dramatically improve a firm’s agility and productivity while simultaneously cutting costs.

Whilst the understanding of cloud platforms has advanced, security remains a worry for IT Directors when considering a cloud solution. But, does the biggest security threat come from the failure to ask the right questions when choosing a cloud provider? What do you need to know to ensure your data is safe? Continue reading

24/7 Connectivity is Key – But what are the Options?

By Eric Wang, country manager, TP-LINK UK LTD


In today’s fast moving business world, companies are increasingly deploying technology solutions that allow them to remain competitive and improve their productivity, whilst at the same time cutting costs. In recent years we have seen a trend emerge towards cloud computing, with numerous cloud business applications (paid for and free) emerge that can be accessed from anywhere remotely.

A rise in the sales of smart devices including tablets, smart phones and laptops for personal as well as business use has resulted in BYOD policies being implemented across businesses. Companies are tapping into the benefits they offer, including enabling remote working and for their business executives to remain productive whilst travelling and being able to work from home.

However, in order for employees to make the most of the opportunities created by new technology solutions, including applications for timesheets, CRM, accountancy and expenses, they need a reliable Internet connection. There are a number of different products and options to consider depending on your needs. Continue reading

Don’t let snow bring business to a standstill

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

Businesses are migrating to the cloud to gain competitive advantages

By Abigail Phillips


Organisations are migrating to the cloud to gain competitive advantages around speed, agility and flexibility according to Symantec Corp’s study. Its recent survey has found that more than 90 percent of all organisations are at least discussing cloud, up from 75 percent a year ago.

The survey also showed that enterprises and SMBs are experiencing escalating costs tied to rogue cloud use, complex backup and recovery, and inefficient cloud storage. Rogue clouds are defined as business groups implementing public cloud applications that are not managed by or integrated into the company’s IT infrastructure. Continue reading

Can you trust the cloud in a crisis?

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