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  • 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... 

  • Has Wandisco launched a store for cloud apps? 'Appen it has

    Sheffield-based Wandisco has launched an app store for cloud applications. Sadly, they eschewed any Yorkshire themed names - Appen-It-Does was my suggestion - for a more corporate sound name befitting an enterprise IT supplier. So uberApps it is, the... 

  • Cloud computing is a lot of hot air (and it can heat your house)

    There's an intriguing paper published by Microsoft in which the authors argue that it could be possible to send servers used in cloud computing data centres to houses and office buildings and use them as a primary heat source. The Data Furnace: H... 

  • Why cloud computing could cost you more than owning your own systems

    Ditlev Bredahl CEO from OnApp has confessed to this column that cloud computing could actually cost you more money that managing your hosted system. That's a hell of an admission from a company that helps hosting companies compete with Amazon's cloud... 

  • Getting familiar with the H word

    A few years ago the word 'hybrid' always caused anger and grimaces in the channel as distributors took it as a slight on their business portfolio. Back then the H word referred to a distributor that also owned a reseller but these days you are more ... 

  • Cloud computing will take IT out of IT's hands

    Cloud computing will prove just as expensive and unmanageable as all other attempts to save money and bypass the uppity jobsworths in the IT department, warned delegates at yesterday's Mobilising the Cloud event in Esher. Delegates had heard the... 

  • Even in the cloud, there's nothing new in alliances

    There's a lot of confusion around cloud computing. What is it exactly? Who is it for? What can it do? Hardly surprising then that groups are springing up that claim to help people understand the concept, see beyond the hype and get an idea of what it... 

  • Hardware sales distract attention from Oracle's software

    Oracle has taken an interesting stance with its decision to walk away from loss-making hardware deals. Explaining why the company's hardware revenues were 6% down in the fourth quarter, president and CFO Safra Catz said it had decided to avoid unpro... 

  • NHS could use cloud computing to deliver patient records to criminals more efficiently

    As the NHS takes its first step to storing patient information in the Cloud, many people are asking: can we trust the cloud? More importantly, given its past record, can we trust the NHS? The Cloud Industry Forum is obviously confident in the saf...