The public cloud has had a major impact on how organisations of all sizes receive IT services. Some organisations use private clouds, either on-premises or outsourced to a service provider. But with public clouds enjoying widespread adoption, when would you use a private cloud, and are there any advantages in doing so? Can the private cloud keep up with the public cloud providers to offer the kinds of services, security and scale you need? Let’s take a look at cloud evolution and considerations for the future.The first generation of public cloudElasticity and self-service were huge benefits of the first-generation public clouds, which emerged in 2006. Developers could spin up a new application by themselves, quickly and with very little expense on the public cloud. If the application drew more demand, they could scale up the service automatically. The first set of workloads developed for the public cloud were consumer applications such as Netflix and Dropbox.It’s difficult … [Read more...] about Private v. public cloud: Can the private cloud keep up?
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The advent of cloud computing is one of the most significant shifts in information technology of our time, especially for businesses. But like the real clouds moving across the horizon, the technology is constantly shifting. Here are five of the biggest changes in cloud computing every CEO should be prepared for to maximise opportunities and optimise their business.More successful migrationWhile the vast majority of businesses have shifted at least some, if not all, of their computing needs to the cloud, you’d be surprised that thousands are still struggling with how to best utilise the cloud, especially small and medium-sized businesses. As more firms of all sizes move their applications and services to the cloud, they are streamlining modelling, testing and scaling their offerings in ways they couldn’t previously. Despite the ease and convenience provided by cloud solutions, the actual migration process may present serious issues, such as lag time and security challenges. … [Read more...] about Five changes in cloud computing every CEO should know
Video: Cloud storage - your best optionsWhat is cloud computing, in simple terms?Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services -- from applications to storage and processing power -- typically over the internet and on a pay-as-you-go basis. How does cloud computing work?Rather than owning their own computing infrastructure or data centers, companies can rent access to anything from applications to storage from a cloud service provider. One benefit of using cloud computing services is that firms can avoid the upfront cost and complexity of owning and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, and instead simply pay for what they use, when they use it.In turn, providers of cloud computing services can benefit from significant economies of scale by delivering the same services to a wide range of customers. What cloud computing services are available?Cloud computing services cover a vast range of options now, from the basics of storage, networking, and processing power … [Read more...] about What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know about the cloud, explained
What's the best approach to moving to the cloud? According to Rob Howe, IT director at Guinness World Records (GWR), it's to tread very carefully. Rather than rushing into cloud-led digital transformation, he believes CIOs should evaluate workloads, find partners and -- only then -- think about how on-demand IT can help deliver innovative services to customers. "Cherry pick the key elements -- understand the changes you need to make to the infrastructure, and the behaviour of software, when you're moving over," says Howe. "Be aware of the differences and account for them. Not all systems will move easily. The cloud should not be viewed as a one-size-fits-all solution to your business challenges."Howe joined GWR in May 2012, but he didn't alter anything in terms of IT during his first six months at the firm. "In fact, I didn't even plan anything," he says. "I just sat with the teams across the business and understood how they were working. You can't implement changes without … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to make the most of the cloud?
Do you want to be a record breaker? Evidence from Guinness World Records (GWR) suggests the answer is increasingly 'yes'. What was once a niche pursuit for superheroes is now open to everyone -- and Rob Howe, IT director at GWR, helps to manage this process. People from anywhere on the globe can apply online for a record attempt. For those thinking of setting a record, there are key criteria and guidelines; any attempt for example must be measurable and repeatable.Wannabe record breakers need to provide evidence, which usually includes video, photos and witness statements. Howe says public interest in the service has skyrocketed recently."In the past year, we've seen the volume of the data coming in from the public increase from 500MB a month to 4TB," he says. "There's big interest in being a record breaker because it's a badge of honour. We'll get 47,000 applications this year and we have 52,000 records in existence."Public access to record breaking is just one part of a … [Read more...] about Cloud computing is the key to digital transformation at Guinness World Records