Google offers eye-catching $100k Cloud Platform credit to startups

Google has offered an olive branch to eligible startups, promising them $100,000 (£61,500) in Cloud Platform credits to get their companies off the ground.

The initiative, with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name of ‘Google Cloud Platform for Startups’, was announced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit and gives companies access to the search giant’s support team 24/7, as well as access to the firm’s technical solutions team.

“This offer supports our core Google Cloud...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, SMEs.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit?

Small businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of software as a service. It’s a model that opens up new possibilities to them. There is little or no capital investment and a convenient pay-as-you-go subscription model. It’s no wonder that many SMBs are now using cloud business software they would never have thought of installing on servers on their own site.

Cloud storage is even simpler. The data for entire small business can be...

By CloudWedge, 05 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: DisasterRec, SMEs.

OneBigDrive chief: Microsoft OneDrive naming “could lead to confusion”

Exclusive Nikola Pizurica, president of the company which provides the OneBigDrive cloud storage app, has told CloudTech that while Microsoft renaming its storage biz OneDrive “could lead to some confusion” for consumers, the company is focused on its own goals.

“We are going our way,” he affirms, although adding he was ‘surprised’ at the time that Microsoft chose to rename to OneDrive.

Redmond had courted angry companies

By James Bourne, 09 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Interview, Microsoft, SMEs, Storage.

Zynstra launches O365Connect, aims to take on hybrid SMB market

UK-based hybrid cloud startup Zynstra has announced the launch of O365Connect, aimed at helping SMBs with a managed IT solution which brings the best of both on-premise and cloud worlds.

The product was developed in association with Microsoft – the name gives that one away – and HP, who is an OEM partner of Zynstra, and is aimed at businesses between five and 250 employees.

Zynstra O365Connect handles various tasks, from networking to file management, to Office 365, as well as maintaining a full...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Microsoft, SMEs.

Cracking the G-Cloud commoditisation conundrum

Anniversaries are always a good point to take a step back, reflect on the past and think about what the future holds. That is something I have done this week as we head into the third calendar year of G-Cloud by taking time out to reread the document which lays out the government’s Cloud First Strategy as published by the Cabinet Office in 2011.

Looking through the document it is striking how...

By Ivan Harris, 14 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Europe, Feature, Government, SMEs.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public, SMEs.

How SMBs are looking to the cloud to unlock workforce potential

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) comprise the ‘engine room’ of the UK’s business economy. 

Recent figures from the Department of Business Skills and Innovation underline their importance and reveal  that SMBs make up 99% of all businesses and account for 59% of all private sector employment and 49% of all private sector turnover, so there’s nothing ‘small’ about their role in contributing to the economic recovery.

It’s also encouraging to see that...

By Neil Pickering, 24 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, SMEs.

After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you

By Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology, International, Rackspace

Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications.

To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is essential.

Financials: As the recent...

By Rackspace, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, DisasterRec, SLA, SMEs, Vendors.

Roundup of small and medium business cloud computing forecasts 2013

What sets apart the fastest-growing small businesses is their innate strength at turning data and information into results.

It’s becoming easy to spot a smaller business who is going to break out and grow quickly.  They often have these qualities:  they highly value knowledge, expertise and speed over seniority or cronyism; they have successfully managed a geographically distributed supply chain, production and service...

By Louis Columbus, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, SMEs.

Cloud computing in Australia: Pros, cons and questions to ask

The International Data Center (IDC) researchers have this week put into writing what many will already suspect: cloud computing continues to grow in Australia. But does this all fit in with recent coverage?

86% of Australian enterprises currently use cloud computing in some aspect, up from 71% this time last year, according to the latest report from IDC, “Australia Cloud Services 2013-2017 Forecast and Analysis”.

Not surprisingly, there’s still a fair amount of future gazing in the report,...

By Cloud Tech, 16 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumer, Editorial, Enterprise, Government, SMEs, Strategy.