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  • Will you end up being the Norman Wisdom of the cloud?

    Panic can set in when a cloud service is over subscribed. In their desperation to keep the plates spinning, the staff and systems will bumble all over the place, like a team of Norman Pipkins, the comic creation of Norman Wisdom. Are you about to exp... 

  • If you don't get cloud right first time, you're mullered

    Craig Beddis, the regional software vice president at UC4 Software, says if you don't get your cloud supplier right first time, it'll be ruinously expensive to change. Investing in cloud services is not a new thing but what's on offer is getting bett... 

  • Window shopping for clouds

    As a partner and a senior manager at Deloittes technology Consulting Practice, John Winstanley (left) and Bhavesh Morar spend all their time talking to big corporations who want advice on cloud computing. These retail, consumer and life sciences gian... 

  • What to do when the service provider says gerroff my cloud?

    Hey, hey, you, you, get offa my cloud! Not my words, but the words of a service provider that decides you are surplus to their requirements, for whatever reason. But the of process of moving between cloud offerings is punishing, saysVladimir Jirasek ... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs part 6 - can we get some SLAs round here?

    There's an awful lot that can go wrong with service level agreements (SLAs) oncloud-based services says Craig Beddis, Regional SVP at UC4 Software. Services in the cloud are not available when there is an outage. Gradually we're starting to see busin... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part five. Far from the Madding Cloud

    Vladimir Jirasek, non executive director CSA UK & Ireland and member of CAMM, speaks from bitter experience about a cloud heist that went wrong. "I have had experience of migrating to Cloud and between different SaaS clouds," he laments... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part four. The roar of the cloud

    Ten years ago, Winston Bogarde was a very good footballer. He must have been, because show biz club Chelsea paid him forty thousand pounds a week! That was a lot of money in them days. So he must have been pretty handy. Mind you, I never saw him play... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part three

    It can be expensive if you have a careless cloud looking after your data. Many of these providers are more clown than cloud service providers. Your business could be found found on the hard drives sold by the Cloud provider. Don't laugh, it's already... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part two

    The cost of getting your data back when you change Cloud provider is horrendous, warnsMike Small, a member of London Chapter ISACA security advisory group. "Many contracts do not clarify who owns the data in the cloud and how you can get it back... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part one

    What arethe hidden costs of cloud computing? Let's count them. There are some awful fates awaiting you in the cloud. Take for example, the fate that befell New York publisher Curbed Network, which got kicked to the kerbwhen its data was suddenly seiz...