Cloud Computing


Did you miss the Business Cloud Summit? Here's a taster of what you missed with an interview with Capgemini's Robert Jackson:




Not all vendors selling Cloud Computing services have developed a commercial licensing model to match, which means that potential customers must agree entry and exit strategies upfront or risk being locked in.

This was one of the key recommendations made by Paul Cheesbrough, chief information officer at News International during a panel discussion entitled ‘Cloud and the CIO’ at the Business Cloud Summit in London yesterday.

Research students at British universities are being offered a year’s free Cloud computing for their projects in a competition run by charity Eduserv and the Janet Brokerage academic computing service.
The three students who can best demonstrate how their projects could benefit from the Cloud will be able to store and process their data on the former's Swindon-based Education Cloud from January next year.
Andrew Bale, CEO of supplier Resilient Networks, examines a powerful yet too often overlooked tool supporting public sector organisations in achieving the efficiencies and targets set out for them – communications
Throughout 2012, the pressure on public authorities to adopt shared services, rationalise office space and implement flexible working policies is set to mount.

Chris Heaven, COO Infrastructure Cloud Services at Capgemini, explains why Cloud now!


After a period of unnerving silence, the G-Cloud is firmly back on the national government agenda - while public sector Cloud has been bubbling away at local level for some time. 
The October publication of the Government’s G-Cloud strategy with a target of £120m savings by 2015 and the launch of its first ‘shopping’ expedition have propelled Cloud into the spotlight.

The past few weeks have seen some big landmarks in public sector ICT. We've seen the Cabinet Office outlining what it says is a wholly new way of doing business with government. We've seen the last pieces, in detail, of the Coalition's new ICT Strategy fall into place.

A piece of green quiet and beauty out in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man does not at first glance seem a likely spot to be leading local authorities in the adoption of Cloud computing.
But it turns out the Crown Dependency is leaving other UK local authorities sucking air from its tailpipes when it comes to Cloud computing.
Public sector IT, Manx-style, has more reach than in most parts of the UK.
Private Cloud computing has saved Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Foundation Trust some 26% of its annual IT costs while "radically" improving availability of services at what is one of the country's leading medical centres.
Like many Trusts, CUH, which treats some 700,000 patients each year, traditionally allowed different organisations within the trust to buy and maintain their own IT services.
However, cost pressures, changing medical practice and pressure througho
Loughborough University is the official preparation headquarters for the British Olympics team - but the specialist sports institution has been getting its IT fit too with a move to 'hybrid Cloud' computing.
In 2009, the institution's 40-year-old data centre was out of condition, according to Dr Phil Richards, Director of IT at the University.