Cloud Computing

With only days to go until the big vote, who's winning the London Mayoral election campaign on social media?

It maybe says something about the impact of much of the vendor messaging about the Cloud that the European Union felt moved to fund the creation of a formal organisation to promote what really should be blindingly obvious – that regardless of how many sub-divisions of Cloud the vendor community try to introduce for marketing purposes, Hybrid Clouds are the obvious route for business users to follow.

Norfolk County Council says its early commitment to Cloud in education will soon be matched by wider take-up right across the county - and that it can already rack up 150,000 users of the approach now.
All staff and pupils in the county’s schools are using Cloud services for 'any time, anywhere' access using Google Apps for Education email and calendars, as well as other applications including a complete online Virtual Learning Environment.
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Analyst Frost & Sullivan has analysed a big deployment of Cloud in the US Department of Defense. What lessons could possibly be learned this side of the pond from what it says?
The bottom line is that this major public sector body likes a lot of what it sees, will 'get there' - but still frets about the security issue.
This is certainly no toy project - the firm says the Department's Cloud spending will grow from $676m 2011 to reach $740m in 2016.

Cloud Computing is greener than traditional computing, yes?

That’s certainly one of the claims made for the Cloud by advocates of the delivery model across the public sector.  


With Cloud first on the government ICT agenda, attention is turning to how to procure services and technologies based on the Cloud delivery model.

Jan Duffy of analyst firm IDC has three points of guidance that Cloud buyers should consider:


Information security and regulatory compliance can be enhanced by a move to enterprise-grade public Cloud services, argues Steve Hodgkinson of research house Ovum. A beneficial side effect is that the "false sense of security" created by desktops and the network perimeter, he adds. 


The Metropolitan Police could end up moving as much as 60% of its ICT systems out to the Cloud as its current ICT contracts run towards their conclusion.  


The G-Cloud strategy is in place and Cloud is the destination for government ICT. But which applications will move to the Cloud first? And which ones are least appropriate for the Cloud delivery model? Research giant IDC's Government Insight arm has some predictions to make: 



Some cracking advice from Adrian Scaife, NOMS, Ministry of Justice, over at the G-Cloud site, starting from the basic premise that Cloud enables you to take “baby steps”.  

Here are some of Scaife’s top tips.