Weekly CloudNews: Hybrid Cloud for Midmarket, Cloud Spending and Azure News


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

Earlier this week, Nilesh Deo took a deep dive on four pitfalls to avoid with Kubernetes. We also offered a beginner’s guide to cloud infrastructure management.

If you’re looking for more information on what CloudBolt is up to as 2020 kicks into high gear, take a look at our release from earlier this week.

With that, onto this week’s news:

Midmarket Hybrid Cloud Adoption Rises, with Microsoft Azure Tops for SMBs

Lynn Haber, Channel Futures, Feb. 4, 2020

“Midmarket firms are in active adoption mode when it comes to hybrid cloud, according to a recent worldwide survey by Techaisle. Small business adoption of hybrid cloud is gaining momentum.

Techaisle’s SMB and Midmarket Cloud adoption survey results show that 37% of midmarket firms using cloud opt for hybrid cloud, up from 28% in 2018, and the hybrid cloud market is expected to capture an even greater percentage of midmarket firms over the next 12 months. Hybrid cloud deployments are moving from public clouds with hybrid workloads at 17%, up from 12% in 2018. The U.S. leads the pack, with healthy usage also reported in Europe and Asia Pacific.

While the survey results didn’t demonstrate a clear trend on the type of workloads on hybrid clouds, the report authors suggest that deployments are specific to a customer’s needs and application delivery partner’s expertise. Typical hybrid workloads include, ERP, HR, CRM, finance operations, IoT, analytics, AI, machine learning, SAP 4/HANA deployments, disaster recovery, critical event management, mass storage, cloud security and cloud database.”

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Cloud infrastructure services spending hits record high in fourth quarter

Lance Whitney, TechRepublic, Feb. 4, 2020

“Worldwide spending on cloud infrastructure services reached a record high last quarter of more than $30 billion, a boost of 37% from the same quarter in 2018.

Organizations are investing more in computer, storage, and other on-demand cloud-based services to analyze their growing sets of data and meet internal DevOps needs as they create more applications and services.

‘Organizations across all industries, from financial services to healthcare, are transitioning to being technology providers,’ Canalys Chief Analyst Alastair Edwards said in a press release. 

‘Many are using a combination of multiclouds and hybrid IT models, recognizing the strengths of each cloud service provider and the different compute operating environments needed for specific types of workloads,’ Edwards said.”

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Microsoft patches serious security flaws in Azure

Anthony Spadafora, TechRadar, Feb. 3, 2020

“Security researchers at Check Point have identified two major security flaws in Microsoft Azure that could be exploited by hackers to gain access to sensitive information stored on machines running Azure or to take over Azure servers.

The first security flaw was discovered in Azure Stack and if exploited, it would enable a hacker to gain access to screenshots and other sensitive information from machines running Azure.

Azure stack is a cloud computing software solution that was developed by Microsoft to allow enterprises to deliver Azure services from their own data centers. The software giant created Azure Stack as a means of helping organizations embrace hybrid cloud computing on their own terms while still being able to address business and technical considerations.”

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