The Cloud (Part 2) of our blog series argued that as organisations move to a higher level of cloud adoption, a planned strategic approach is required. The ten key questions to address when developing a cloud strategy were then addressed in The Cloud (Part 3). In this penultimate post in the series, we examine two of the most important issues in ensuring the success of your jou ...

Microsoft’s cloud estate is impressive with over a million servers and more than a hundred sites around the world, including the UK. Since opening its first datacenter on its Redmond campus in 1989, the company has spent more than $15 billion in building its cloud infrastructure. More than 200 online services are now delivered by Microsoft datacenters 24x7x365 processing over ...

The Cloud (Part 2) in this series argued that a planned strategic approach is required as organisations move to a higher level of cloud adoption. Effective use of the cloud can deliver a broad range of business and IT related benefits – lower costs, business transformation, greater efficiency, new working practices, performance, flexibility, security and so on. The key word he ...

The Cloud (Part 1) in this series presented evidence showing that cloud adoption by UK organisations has increased significantly in recent years. A tipping point has been reached. There is still a long way to go, however, before the full benefits of the cloud are being realised. For businesses not currently using the cloud, or at an early experimental stage of adoption, popula ...

As cloud adoption reaches a tipping point, it is essential that ‘best-practice’ is followed to enable organisations to derive the full benefits of what the cloud has to offer. In Part 1 of our new blog series, we present a brief review of ‘The State of the Cloud in 2016’, globally and in the UK. Subsequent articles will dispel popular misconceptions about the cloud before movi ...

While cloud adoption has increased significantly in recent years, there is still a long-way to go before UK organisations are leveraging the full potential of what the cloud has to offer. Adoption is being held back by fear, uncertainty and doubt. In a series of blog posts starting next week, we will dispel many of the perceived objections that organisations have regarding th ...

As a major supplier of Azure cloud and Office 365 solutions, Bridgeall welcomes last week’s announcement by Microsoft that it has opened its first cloud-based UK data centres. The three new data centres, located in London, Durham and Cardiff, should help to ease some perceived customer concerns about the cloud, especially in relation to data location, sovereignty and security. ...

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are an essential component for every successful business, regardless of their size, sector or location. Availability and reliability are two of the most important aspects of any successful plan. Implementing effective disaster recovery and business continuity can be a complicated and costly exercise, with less than 50% of orga ...