Category Archives: Cloud

OSS Watch joins G-Cloud

OSS Watch has been awarded a place on G-Cloud, the UK Government cloud procurement initiative, and will be making a range of services available through the CloudStore. The UK Government has been working to make the purchasing of public sector ICT as simple and transparent as possible. All services listed on the CloudStore are part … Read more

Open Source and Open Standards key to future of public sector IT

Last week Open Source, Open Standards 2013 took place in London, an event focussed on the public sector. Naturally these being two topics we’re very keen on here at OSS Watch I went along too. Overall the key message to take away from the event was just how central to public sector IT strategy these two themes … Read more

Are you SaaSing me?

In the final of my trio of posts deconstructing the “cloud”, I’m going to be looking at Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS. SaaS is the next layer of the “cloud” stack that sits atop Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) (when it’s been built using such a platform), and/or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Software-as-a-Service is usually presented to the user as a web … Read more

Developers in the Mist

In my last post I started dissecting the term “cloud”, looking at Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and what it means in terms of Open Source Software.  This time I’ll be moving to the next layer of the cloud stack to look at Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS. PaaS provides a way of provisioning development environments and tools on top … Read more

Unclouding the issue

You can’t do anything with software at the moment, Open Source or otherwise, without the word “cloud” being thrown about.  If you’re looking at options for software you might want to use, it can be hard to see through the hype of this term, and understand what product you’re actually talking about.  This article is … Read more