Weekly CloudNews: COVID-19 Cloud Computing Trends

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

Earlier this week, we looked at ServiceNow integration, CloudBolt’s content library and issues around cloud visibility.

With that, onto this week’s news:

Cloud Computing Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Christopher Tozzi, ITPro Today, Sept. 3, 2020

“IDC reports that spending on cloud infrastructure increased 2.2% during the first quarter of 2020, as the pandemic took hold around the globe. That figure might seem modest, but it is significant when measured against a 16.3% decline in spending on non-cloud related IT investments during the same period. Clearly, as companies tighten IT budgets amid the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic, they are making exceptions for the cloud.

Likewise, a MariaDB survey found that 40% of companies report accelerating their move to the cloud as a result of the pandemic. And companies like Alibaba and Azure continue to hire aggressively for their cloud divisions, as do cloud-based collaboration vendors like Cisco and Slack, reflecting increased demand for cloud services.”

Why Cloud-Based Architectures and Open Source Don’t Always Mix

Christopher Tozzi, ITPro Today, Sept. 9, 2020

“By some measures, open source has been wildly successful in the cloud. Open source solutions like Kubernetes have eaten closed-source alternatives for lunch. Yet, in other respects, open source within the cloud has been a complete failure. Cloud-based architectures continue to pose fundamental problems for achieving open source’s founding goals of protecting user freedom. For many organizations, using the cloud means surrendering control to proprietary solutions providers and facing stiff lock-in risks.

These observations beg the question: Why hasn’t open source been more influential in the cloud, and what could be done to make cloud computing more friendly toward open source?”

Cloud shared responsibility models are misunderstood, report says

Samantha Ann Schwartz, CIO Dive, Sept. 3, 2020

“The move to the cloud, or software-based infrastructures, has given developers free access to infrastructure configurations. Now, with remote work, developers can work at 4 a.m., with no one to catch mistakes or see potential impacts on security in real time, depending on a company’s safeguards and protocols.. 

Ninety-three percent of enterprises rely on a public cloud infrastructure, but only 40% have cloud and container security strategies, according to a DivvyCloud report. Last year, 64% of enterprises were using at least two cloud services, decreasing from 77% in 2018. DivvyCloud attributed the decline to complex security strategies.” 

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