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Welcome to the "Ahead in the clouds" Blog of Compare the Cloud.net.  Here you can learn more about a vast range of Cloud Computing subjects first hand from industry leaders. 

Right here on this blog, the cloud industry’s brightest minds will share their advice, guidance and feelings on the issues that will define the next 20 years of the IT industry.

In our experience, listening to great people helps us do great things. That’s what Ahead in the Clouds is all about. To give us all a chance to learn from hands-on leaders in the field.

Do you know someone who is a fountain of wisdom and expertise and would like to participate? Then please let us know here.

 

Robert Jenkins

How cloud providers will help data center operators increase customer conversion

By Robert Jenkins, CTO, CloudSigma Like any company operating in an industry closely related to technology development, data center operators regularly have to re-invent themselves, the way they operate and how they service customers. There has been no greater disruptive technology for data center operators in recent years than the advent of cloud computing. On
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Dave

Making Your Public Cloud, Private

By Dave Meizlik, Dome9 If you’re like most today, you’re looking to the cloud with cautious optimism to help make your enterprise more efficient and agile. I say “cautious” concerns for security, cost, and complexity in the cloud run rampant. Will my infrastructure be more or less secure? How much will the cloud really save
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Luke

The CIOs’ experience of Cloud adoption. Observations from the Cloud World Forum Executive Summit

  By Luke Wheeler, Chairman of Compare the Cloud.net This week, at the Cloud World Forum Executive Summit, I was fortunate enough to be invited to chair a discussion between a room full of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT Directors from a wide range of British businesses – most being household names. The primary
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John Dunnet

Planning a Journey to Cloudy Horizons

  By John Dunnet, Managing Director – Evoco.co.uk Making decisions as an IT leader was never as simple as the audience you served believed it to be. The interdependence and underlying complexity was never obvious to the outsider, especially if you were doing well in delivering service. And for a while, those who had IT
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James Rees

Why PCI DSS and Security in General?

The other day I was chatting to a good friend of mine, Lisa.  She is an information security manager for a cloud company over in the states, we were having a chat about security in the cloud market and as she was on the inside she gave me an insight into what our cousins over
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Richard May

Partner opportunities for traditional I.T. companies

Before virtualisation technology entered the market, two of the most popular traditional I.T. opportunities were hardware based infrastructure upgrades, and tape based disaster recovery solutions. These solutions have now been replaced by ‘as a Service’ technologies, that hold additional benefits to the customer such as reduced downtime, a lower cost of ownership and a reduction
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Sandler Training

Tips on Cloud Selling From Sandler Training

WARNING: This article will make you deeply uncomfortable and make you ask why do you sell the way you sell Telling Isn’t Selling     I was wondering if you sell any of the services or products listed below? And do you ever tell your prospects that this is some of what you sell? Cloud
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Ian Moyes

Securing your Cloud Experience

By Ian Moyse, Sales Director www.workbooks.com , Eurocloud UK Board Member & Cloud Industry Forum Governance Board Member Security is one of the most important factors for companies who want to store data and operate using the cloud and it continues to be highlighted as the greatest concern in end user studies. Implementing and utilizing
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James Rees

The Cloud and Information Security

  First of all I would like to say HI! As one of the new bloggers on the site, it is an honour to be a part of the thought leaders and to blog alongside such talented individuals. I have been keeping a close eye on cloud computing for some time now, I have watched
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Ian Moyes

THE CRM Lottery

    'Will you get the outcome you expect or will you be one of the losers?’   By Ian Moyse Sales Director, www.workbooks.com Eurocloud UK Board Member Cloud Industry Forum Governance Board Member   Let’s discuss a couple of the heavyweight "C" words in the IT Sector: Cloud and CRM. What do they have in
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Nimble

The Evolution of CRM: Building Social Relationships in the Cloud

Social media has turned the relationship between customers and salespeople on its head. But Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools are adapting to this sea change – as must you, if you're a sales professional. Product and service vendors have been managing their relationships with customers for many, many centuries, really – ever since the concept
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Micheal Higgins

The Sky’s the Limit

  By Micheal Higgins, CloudSigma, Manager of Enterprise Solutions Architecture    As public cloud services continue to evolve, we’re learning the true extent of possibilities for cloud computing. A Forrester survey revealed that a full 36 percent of enterprise IT managers plan to invest in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) in 2012, which means that cloud-hosted infrastructure is no
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Sandler Training

Why Cloud Buyers Hate Bad Salespeople (and How to Avoid Being Perceived as One)

  Selling can best be defined as “getting your price on your terms and both parties walk away from the table happy and satisfied … eventually.”  As buyers, don't you love to buy and hate to be sold. I do. Don't you love to feel like you're in control, to feel comfortable with the salesperson,
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Terry Shepherd

Is Cloud Technology Anything New?

            Cloud Computing as we see it is simply good old fashioned technology that is over 25 years old rebranded, re-spun and pumped out to the market in various guises. Large enterprise companies such as HSBC, Barclays and many other banks have been deploying server based computing for decades.   
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Neil

Credit Cards – The ugly truth part 2!

Following on from my last release of credit card fraud, I felt that I had to write a small article on one of the topics mentioned in more detail, contactless credit card fraud. Contactless credit/debit cards are now (in the UK) a very common addition to the chip and pin payment method. Imagine this, I
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john

John Cheney CEO of Workbooks.com

  … Workbooks.com   CTC: Tell us about yourself I've been working in IT for 23 years and I've done a wide range of roles including tech support, product management and selling.  For the past 15 years I've been running cloud computing businesses, although 15 years ago it wasn't called cloud we called it ASP.
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Danielle Campbell

Maildistiller announces true cloud computing with the introduction of utility billing.

  It’s the announcement MSPs and resellers in the email security space have been waiting for, finally a cloud security vendor offering the utility billing flexibility that true cloud computing promised. “Just remember that cloud is not about computers or technologies, it is about ICT services or ICT enabled business services supplied on a utility basis, just
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Neil

Credit Cards – The ugly truth!

  Neil Cattermull of Canary Wharf Consultancy delivers his perspective on the recent credit card breaches in a Two part blog series Over the years all of us have become to rely on pieces of plastic that will allow us to spend more money than we have. We all have one and many of us
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Ian Moyes

Employing Cloud

  Workbooks.com's Sales Director - Ian Moyse - examines the evidence that Cloud Computing is on the precipice of creating a fundamental shift in both how businesses consume IT, and how they recruit for IT.     2012 is rumored as the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud
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Katrena Drake

The leader in secure cloud hosting, delivers service to Europe

  … FireHost   CTC: Tell us about yourself I’m Katrena Drake the director of European Operations for FireHost. I’ve worked in FireHost since the company’s inception and, over the years, it’s been exciting to see us develop progressively more secure cloud hosting where it’s most needed-  for large organisations, dealing with sensitive data, or
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Richard May

What is Cloud Computing?

The ‘Cloud’ does not exist. It is simply a metaphor for the internet and within this metaphor there are a number of services that are placed under the Cloud Computing label. The most popular currently include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Recovery as a Service (RaaS), and Platform as a
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Mitch Feldman

Mitchell Feldman introducing CloudAmour

Why do we do what we do? I have always loved IT. Back in 1984 when I was the tender age of 13 my birthday cake was a ZX Spectrum. I thought I was the Bill Gates of my time. I vividly remember buying my weekly computer magazine to get my fix of code that
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Neil Tolley

Hosted Telephony for Hotels

Hotels, particularly the major groups, have been moving services above property (to the cloud) for quite some time now with servers and storage going quite some time ago and now a great many hotels host their Front of House system in the cloud along with numerous other serbices. Indeed some groups such as Kempinski have
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Fenton Bard

The “ALL INCLUSIVE” Colocation Cost Con

Power = electrical power and electrical power = vast profits for the colocation provider or legacy reseller. Data centres, especially in London are critical to the country’s growth and ability to compete on a global stage. Over charging for services is simply stifling UK PLC’s ability to ride the economic challenges. Source Managed Services (sourceplc.com)
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Dr James Mitchell

Who are Strategic Blue? An interview with Dr. James Mitchell

CTC: Who is Strategic Blue? We’re the world’s first cloud broker-dealer, based in London but offering our services globally.  We bring trading expertise from the commodities markets to cloud computing. CTC: What’s Strategic Blue’s business model? We buy from cloud providers on terms that suit the providers, and sell to cloud users on the terms that
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Rob Pickering

Simplifying Unified Communications in the Cloud

Rob Pickering CEO ipcortex tells us about Unified Communications Although cloud generates a huge amount of press, and some might say hype, in the world of computing, it’s a phrase that’s having much less impact on the telecoms world. However, hosted telecoms deployments have been firmly in the frame for some time and the impact that
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City Cloud

Compare the Cloud City Cloud Interview

  CTC:  Who are City Cloud and what is your companies main focus?   City Network is one of the leading hosting providers in Scandinavia with over 15000 customers. Whereas a few other companies provide VPS services, our cloud computing platform called City Cloud is the leading and still the only true cloud computing service in
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Andy Burton

What is the Cloud Industry Forum? An Interview with its Chairman, Andy Burton

  The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) was established in 2009 to provide transparency through certification to a Code of Practice for credible online Cloud service providers, and to assist end users in determining core information necessary to enable them to adopt these services. Andy Burton is Chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum.   CTC:  Welcome Andy, why
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Matt Edgley

Colocation as a Service

So, who are London Data Exchange? We’re a network agnostic colocation provider primarily in North London, with a 22,000sq ft colocation site named ‘LDeX1’ near to the Staples Corner of the M1.     For LDeX, it’s all about providing a robust and secure technical platform for our clients to deliver their own IT services
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Terry Pullin

Private Cloud is NOT a Hosted Service

Gone are the days of cloud computing only being delivered by a provider as a hosted service. Cloud computing is often defined as “the delivery of IT over the internet”, in reality this is not true. Though hosting providers are embracing cloud computing the underlying technology to deliver services in this way, the reality is
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Ian Cooper

Is a Company Dedicated to Providing Hosted Desktops to Accountants too niche?

Hosted Accountants have been setup to provide hosted desktop solutions to accountancy firms and their clients, is this too niche? Well the three directors who have combined total of over 35 years’ experience in providing technology solutions to accountants don’t think so. They’ve increasingly been hearing from firms about how much time and money is being spent on keeping
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Laurence Moore

CAPEX and OPEX an Accountants view

  Jonathan Toni (Strategic Alliances Director Compare the Cloud) has asked me to write a guest blog about the benefits derived by moving from a CAPEX model to an OPEX model when moving to the cloud.    As a practising Chartered Accountant he wants me to explain that to techy people who apparently see this
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Neil

Big Brother in the Cloud

Following on from my last Blog, “Data storage in and outside the UK”, I thought that I would contribute an update on this topic.  For the benefit of those who didn’t read the last white paper, well in summary it contained risks associated with outsourcing data storage and the data protection act (DPA).   So,
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Samantha Stone

6 Reasons to Re-evaluate Your Email Security Service

  If you were to conduct an analysis of my personal email in-box you’d discover that I’m a balding man with performance problems who’s a particular fan of grunge rock and is getting my nursing degree on-line.   The only problem is I’m a high energy marketing professional, mother of four who admits a passion
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Richard May

Enterprise Hosting Virtual Private Servers VS VMware Virtual Machines

Cloud Computing is one of the most rapidly expanding I.T. sectors in the world with an estimated growth rate of 1,100% by 2015. With the industry growing at such a rapid rate more Cloud providers are also entering the industry. Many are seemingly offering the same enterprise hosting service and because of this, it is
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Colin Durrant

Does every Cloud have a silver lining?

  So what is cloud computing? Should I be embracing it or sheltering from it? Whenever I’m faced with a question like this I always find it comforting to make a list of the pros and cons but before I do this let’s start with some basics. Cloud computing, in its simplest terms, enables you
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Bjorn Secure MSP

Secure Document Exchange: How to take advantage of the Cloud

We asked Björn Matthiessen CEO of Secure MSP to tell us about the security enviroment in Germany and how they view the impact of European wide legislation based on thier own experiences. Providing end-users with a secure and easy document exchange solution is a problem that many IT organisations across various industries face. Take German law
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Neil

Data storage in and outside the UK

Data security has always been high up on the agenda for any company, however with the emerging cloud infrastructures that are available it would be wise to consider all of the options presented. The main point being, “do you really know where your data is being held and stored, let alone who is accessing it?”
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Murray Moceri

Data Loss in the Cloud

Why Backup Online Data?  Leading online service providers such as Google and Salesforce have world-class data backup and recovery capabilities, so why backup data that’s already in the cloud and protected by some of the most robust data centers in the world?    For the simple reason that these recovery capabilities are for the service
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Dave Rokita

Security Seeing Through the Cloud

When broaching the subject of cloud computing with enterprise decision makers, a “We're not ready to make that jump” response is nearly always followed by a vague allusion to security concerns. The first thing to understand, however, is that “Cloud” does not necessarily mean off-premise or out of your control. While some industry cloud solutions
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Mike Wills

SaaS Integration is the Key

Today the proliferation of Software as a Service (SaaS) has created a rich ecosystem of products that traditionally could only be deployed on server hardware within your office premises. Whilst the benefits of the SaaS model are clear, such as a reduction in operational costs and easy access to software over the Internet, the biggest
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