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

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With that, onto this week’s news:

Why multicloud environments can help improve security and redundancy

Michael Kassner, TechRepublic, Feb. 18, 2022

“Cloud providers claimed computing and storage cloud environments were fully redundant, and a single-cloud provider using multiple data centers is safe. And, even more appealing, switching to the cloud appeared to be significantly cheaper from an operational standpoint. Reasons using a single cloud provider is a risky proposition:

  • When an organization uses a single-cloud provider, that usually means working with one network provider, and that’s a single point of failure.
  • Single-cloud providers advertise redundancy by employing multiple data centers. However, data centers share a common control plane.“The control plane is what enables the cloud to function,” Gibbs said. “The cloud control plane orchestrates the network and data centers. If anything happens to the cloud control plane, that will likely turn into a single-point-of-failure outage.”
  • Cloud providers are high-value targets for cybercriminals. If there’s an attack and cybercriminals get control of the cloud, they can access sensitive business and customer data, or if desired, the attackers could prevent access to the cloud-computing service.

‘Multicloud is the use of multiple cloud computing and storage services in a single heterogeneous architecture. This also refers to the distribution of cloud assets, software, applications, etc., across several cloud-hosting environments. With a typical multicloud architecture utilizing two or more public clouds as well as multiple private clouds, a multicloud environment aims to eliminate the reliance on any single cloud provider.’”

IT spending will be mostly cloud soon. Are you ready?

David Lithincum, InfoWorld, Feb. 18, 2022

“Enterprise IT spending on public cloud computing will overtake spending on traditional IT in 2025, within addressable segments, according to Gartner. The research includes only those enterprise IT categories that can transition to cloud: application software, infrastructure software, business process services, and system infrastructure markets. Gartner found that by 2025, 51% of IT spending in these four categories will have shifted from traditional solutions to public clouds. This is compared to 41% in 2022.

What does that mean for IT planning now? First, most public cloud use will expand within multicloud deployments. IT must learn how to battle overwhelming complexity and come up with a plan. Second, think about cross-cloud technologies and planning. If you plan to deploy three or more security layers, such as identity access management (IAM) with native security systems running on each cloud, the resulting operational challenge will most likely lead to a breach. If you deploy more than a single public cloud, security, governance, monitoring, and operations need to be a single layer of technologies that spans all public clouds. Of course, planning common layers that run over but not within public cloud providers requires much more sophistication. This type of planning is one of my specialties. It’s a long and detailed process to figure out your approach to public cloud management and how to deal with core services that need to span clouds.”

Report: 42% of CIOs say utilizing resources is the top challenge with cloud services

VB Staff, VentureBeat, Feb. 22, 2022

“According to a new report by Zesty, despite widespread adoption of cloud services and the critical role these resources play for businesses, 58% of respondents viewed the search for the best cloud offering to match their workload needs as the most difficult element of managing cloud costs. Similarly, 42% of CIOs and CTOs surveyed identified appropriate resource utilization as their top challenge. This difficulty has led to a 67% annual increase in the portion of the company’s technology budget allocated to cloud services, from 29% in 2021 to 47% in 2022. 

All respondents either have a finops strategy in place or have a plan to adopt finops. However, only 29% define their strategy as mature or evolving, 62% are still growing, and 9% haven’t yet begun.

According to 42% of respondents, the top cloud priority pre-pandemic was security investments, but with the financial hit that many organizations took due to COVID-19, this has since dropped to fourth place (18%) for the next 12 months. It has been replaced by revenue-related goals such as aligning speed of IT delivery with speed of business (25%), ensuring compliance needs are met (22%), and increasing direct revenues (20%).”

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