Posts Tagged ‘Cloud Computing’

Use of cloud computing set to double

Usage of cloud computing in the UK is set to almost double over the next two years, a survey shows, but penetration will remain low overall, writes Daniel Shane on

UK deployments of cloud computing will increase by almost four-fifths (78%) between now and
2012, research by the National Outsourcing Association claims.

But as penetration – which the group defines as “percentage of IT infrastructure moved to the cloud” – in the UK currently sits at just 3%, the predicted 78% increase in deployments will still represent a small fraction of overall IT systems.

Ahead of the storm

Cloud computing

by David Baum

For many businesses, the concept of cloud computing means renting hardware, software, or applications from a public cloud service provider. Gone are the hassles of managing your information systems, the advocates say. You simply pay a monthly fee and let the service provider take care of your IT needs.

Based on the enthusiastic coverage in leading business and technology journals, you would think that cloud computing is already revolutionizing the entire technology industry. If enterprises don’t move fast, they will miss a stratospheric opportunity.

In the cloud

Cloud computing – which includes Software as a Service (SaaS) – means that your programs and data are held on servers which are owned and managed by a third party. You then connect to them over the Internet.

There are many good business reasons for using cloud computing. You do not have the capital outlay for the server hardware, software licences and data centres. You can pay by subscription, or even on a “pay as you go” basis. Also, the servers are located in secure data centres and managed to a higher level than is normally possible or economic for most businesses.