Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 —Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2) accreditation, further enhancing Microsoft’s offerings on the current G-Cloud Framework and CloudStore. The IL2 rating will benefit…

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Public Sector case studies for Budget day

Well, the 2013 budget has finished and while the dust is settling on the key points from the Chancellor’s speech, We’ve compiled some great case studies from the UK public sector to share with you which demonstrate excellent examples of cost saving… How to save money and… …reduce carbon footprint Leicester City CouncilCity Council Makes Significant Savings…

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What’s cloud computing all about? We have the perfect guide…

In the middle of the 1990s the Web emerged and a whole generation of Internet-facing Web applications, both Internet and Intranet, were built using HTML and Web servers. Web technologies remain a core model in developing applications today. In the early 2000s Web services and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) enabled applications to communicate using standard-based Web…

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MyHealthBox – a first for mental health care

Guest blog: Mike Denis, Director of Information Strategy at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Today, Tuesday 15th May, Health Minister Lord Howe officially launches MyHealthBox, the world’s first patient-held electronic health record in the field of mental health. It’s the product of a partnership between my Trust, the South London and Maudsley (SLaM),…

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Cloud computing – Delivering the right services to the right users

In previous posts we have covered how cloud enables organisations to segment users, roles and workloads and to place these in the most appropriate place. Highlight secure workloads can be run on a customers own datacentre, shared services can be consumed from service providers (from a private cloud) and finally public cloud increasingly used for…

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Cloud computing – software as a service

In the previous post we looked at Infrastructure (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), in this post we will look at Software As A Service or SaaS. The service provider manages everything up to and including the application itself. As a customer you get to configure the application for your use. A classic example…

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Cloud computing – Delivering IT as a service

The role of any IT department in an organisation is to deliver business value through information technology. This distils down to delivering a set of applications to the business users to enable them to do their roles more efficiently. Anything outside of the application is inherently overhead, whether that is datacentres, networks or us as…

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Cloud Computing – Why Cloud?

Over the coming weeks, we have invited our colleague and cloud expert Nick Umney from Microsoft’s UK National Technology Office, to post a series of blogs on all things cloud. These weekly blog posts will also touch upon the following topics as the series continues: delivering IT as a service infrastructure as a service in…

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