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

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With that, onto this week’s news:

IBM says the single-vendor approach to cloud computing is dead 

Daphne Leprince-Ringuet, ZDNet, Nov. 3, 2021

“As businesses enthusiastically invest in cloud computing to achieve their digital transformations, it is becoming evident that placing critical workloads into the hands of just a single cloud provider comes with its fair share of risk – and according to new research carried out by IBM, this is gradually giving rise to the dominance of hybrid cloud architectures. In a global survey spanning 7,200 executives across 28 industries and 47 countries, Big Blue found that only 3% of decision makers are using a single private or public cloud in 2021, down from 29% in 2019. In specific industries, such as electronics, manufacturing or telecommunications, the number even falls to 1%. 

On the other hand, the proportion of respondents claiming a mix of multiple private and public clouds rose from 44% to 59%. Going forward, this trend is helping to establish hybrid cloud and multi-cloud as the most popular IT architecture for cloud service delivery, according to IBM – while the one-vendor approach to cloud computing slowly disappears.”

Companies Fail to Encrypt, Protect Data in the Cloud

Teri Robinson, Security Boulevard, Nov. 2, 2021 

“Considering that 40% of organizations have fallen victim to a cloud-based breach in the last year, it would seem they would put a premium on safeguarding their data in the cloud. But the 2021 Thales Global Cloud Security says differently. Most—a whopping 83%—have failed to encrypt even half the sensitive data they have tucked away in the cloud. And if that’s not enough to give pause—just about one-third, or 34%, retain total control over encryption keys.

As cloud adoption continues to rise post-onset of the pandemic, businesses are diversifying the ways they’re using cloud with 57% of those surveyed saying they use two or more providers for their cloud infrastructure, Thales said, citing a McKinsey & Company study that found organizations have accelerated cloud adoption by three years. One in four have moved most of their workloads and data to the cloud—21% say the majority of their sensitive data is now in the cloud.”

Why should organizations look towards the power of hybrid cloud?

Sachin Deshpande, IT Pro Portal, Nov. 1, 2021 

“Digital transformation has become a must-have initiative for organizations in today’s hyperconnected landscape. As hybrid working becomes the new normal for many organizations and the business world continues to operate in unprecedented times, the ability to operate and adapt efficiently, with speed, is crucial to survival. As such, for organizations looking to remain competitive in the years ahead, investment in the right tools, technologies, and frameworks to bolster their operations should be prioritized as a foundational imperative.

Cost is another key factor that pushes organizations towards the power of hybrid cloud. By continually re-evaluating an organization’s use of cloud and exploring new cloud services that could be leveraged, subsequent optimizations can result in improved performance, a reduction in costs, and a better return on investment (ROI). Essentially, the partitioning of services across public and private clouds will often cut down unnecessary expenditure. How resources are being managed is a core part of having robust, secure, and efficient infrastructure. First and foremost, always ensure the cheapest combination of resources are being used for given use cases. For example, make sure money is not being wasted in the public cloud by leaving resources running when they are no longer doing anything. It is also vital that the right network design is in place before spinning up new cloud infrastructures. This provides clear network zoning and avoids error when various networks are peered together for seamless communication.”

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