Weekly CloudNews: Automation Strategy, AWS Security, and Panzura

Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Earlier this week, we looked at several aspects of a hybrid cloud strategy, including management system essentials and tools needed for success.

With that, onto this week’s news:

Lack of strategy with investments in automation, says Gartner

Peter Dinham, ITWire, Dec. 11, 2019

“Investments in automation are often made without an overall automation strategy in mind, but despite this most organisations are automating to some level, in many cases attempting to refocus staff on higher-value tasks.

That’s the view of analyst firm Gartner which says, in its report on the Top 10 Trends Impacting IT Infrastructure and Operations for 2020, that it has detected a significant range of automation maturity across clients.

“As vendors continue to pop up and offer new automation options, enterprises risk ending up with a duplication of tools, processes and hidden costs that culminate to form a situation where they simply cannot scale infrastructure in the way the business expects,” said Ross Winser, senior research director at Gartner.”

AWS Previews Cloud Security Advances

Michael Vizard, Security Boulevard, Dec. 11, 2019

“Amazon Web Services (AWS) at its recent re:Invent 2019 conference previewed two tools to advance cloud security and made available a tool that promises to simplify audits.

Available in preview now, Amazon Detective is a service that plugs into the AWS Management Console. Once invoked, Amazon Detective automatically begins distilling and organizing data from AWS CloudTrail and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow Logs into a graph model that summarizes resource behaviors and interactions observed across an AWS environment.

Employing machine learning algorithms, statistical analysis and graph theory, Amazon Detective presents cybersecurity teams with custom visualizations that make it easier to identify, for example, suspicious calls between application programming interfaces (APIs).”

Panzura extends cloud strategy further by adding core solutions to the AWS Marketplace

Mark Cox, Channel Buzz, Dec. 9, 2019

“Enterprise cloud file services vendor Panzura has announced the expansion of their relationship with Amazon Web Services [AWS] at the AWS Re:Invent show here. Both the Panzura Freedom cloud file services and Vizion.ai cloud data management and ML analytics service are now available on the AWS Marketplace.

The extension of Panzura’s relationship with AWS reflects the fact that since Patrick Harr took the CEO job there in 2016, market fundamentals have very much changed in Panzura’s favour.

“We were an on-prem database technology that handled unstructured data management for a multi-cloud world, and back then we were very much in the throes of convincing customers of the validity of that path,” Harr said. “Today, customers are much more cloud-first That’s a fundamental shift, which fits with the adoption of the public cloud, which has worked very much to our advantage.”

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