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Cloud spending to increase to £35bn in 5 years

It is changing, as if we didn’t know already. But the scope and scale of the shift towards cloud computing, away from an onsite IT infrastructure is laid bare in the most recent report from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud tracker. Comparing the money spent on onsite IT infrastructure, and that spent on the cloud, the [...]

What’s your cloud policy?

Do you know what your company’s policy is on cloud computing? Do you even have one? A new survey suggests the majority of employees don’t know and it could put data and privacy at risk. WinMagic asked 1,000 people working at companies with 50 or more employees. There were some major differences in how the [...]

Mindfulness in the Cloud

Mindfulness can, it appears, be adapted to suit anything, even cloud computing applications. This might seem to be a cynical attempt to shoehorn a meditative concept into an IT strategy but bear with me, it makes sense. This week a new survey explored how companies who invest millions in their IT are moving towards a [...]

Build Your Own Cloud

I’ve been looking at architecture an awful lot recently. Studying buildings, building plans and the architectural history of our great nation’s capital, London. Once you get going it really is incredible how intricate and interlinked the built environment that we live in is.  And more to the point, how much we take for granted. It’s [...]

Downsize to Upsize

A friend of mine recently changed his life. He decided he had had enough of living where he was living, doing what he was doing and being who he was being. And with one swift move, a nod and an interview, he was off towards the seaside. Leaving an old familiar town behind and heading [...]

How to cure Nephophobia (fear of clouds)

In association with new online publication Cloud Magazine, MessageStream looks for a cure for Nephophobia (fear of clouds) in this persuasive view of cloud IT security… How to cure Nephophobia (fear of clouds) by Louis Nauges Is the Cloud secure? It is more secure than any traditional IT solution available today.  The Cloud is the [...]

As Safe As Money in the Bank

What do you think of when someone says the word ‘security’?  Security guards, guard dogs, a padlock, a safety blanket? Security means different things to different people but at its heart it means protecting against danger, be that accidents, loss or even crime. It isn’t just a one-off thing, either. When we think of security [...]

Can Regulation Ever Mean Less Control?

Most people assume that with increased regulation comes increased control and increased safeguards. Much of the time, that is indeed the case, but when it comes to the cloud it seems that regulations sometimes get in the way of people adopting and benefiting from the latest cloud technology. Back in December, BAE Systems appeared to [...]

Jargon Aside, How Can Hosted Exchange Shape Your Business?

Have you ever sat in a presentation or read an article and realised you haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about? It’s nothing to feel guilty about. Often the jargon and terminology that’s used can sound impressive but in fact it doesn’t represent any great shift from the way you’re already working and how [...]

Baby Steps to Working in the Cloud

When you work in business, it’s often against your nature to jump in with both feet. Cautious, measuring up the pros and cons. Yes, you go with your instincts but you want all the facts before you make a firm decision. It’s the same when we are embracing anything new or making a big decision, [...]