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Hybrid to the rescue for the SME sector

Hybrid Cloud architecture has been a while maturing, but now offers businesses unparalleled flexibility, ROI and scalability. Andrew Stuart, MD for EMEA at Datto, argues that the smaller the business, the more vital these traits are - making hybrid Cloud the number one choice for SMEs in 2016

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True or false

New research from Spiceworks exposes a number of widely held assumptions about Cloud computing as myths - but also highlights some home truths

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Microsoft Cloud is here

Multiple UK data centres announced

Enfield picks Civica

For digital transformation of housing services

Channel struggles to capitalise on Cloud

Vendors must help more, says research

Mining the Cloud

Coal Authority moves purchasing online

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Voice activated

Oxfordshire-based medical device manufacturer Penlon has transformed the way it does business since implementing a cloud hosted communications platform

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Movies on demand

Vue Entertainment, one of the top cinema groups in the UK and Ireland, is using the VMware Managed Virtualisation offering from Rackspace to support the unprecedented demand for tickets that's being generated by blockbuster films such as 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'

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Welcome to the October issue of our eNewsletter, which includes a news story about UK companies moving their systems to Microsoft's recently announced UK data centres. You can scarcely have missed the recent TV advertising campaign promoting the Microsoft Cloud as if the Cloud itself was a MS product: but this of course is how we're used to seeing Microsoft describe its offerings. And there is no doubt it works for them in their traditional markets. Early indications are that the MS Cloud concept is also resonating with businesses and public sector organisations.

Our news story mentions South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, but other early users include the MoD, which will use Office 365 and Azure cloud services, with the Government citing value for money and security as key reasons for the agreement. "Microsoft's secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MoD's digital transformation agenda," said Mike Stone, Chief Digital and Information Officer at the MoD.

As Microsoft continue to present themselves as being able to help empower digital transformation, and open up the Cloud conversation via massive TV ad campaigns, this can probably only be a good thing for the industry as a whole. We'd love to hear what you think, via the email address below as usual.

David Tyler

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