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Weekly CloudNews: Is Your Cloud Provider Trustworthy?

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

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

With that, onto this week’s news:

IS YOUR CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER TRUSTWORTHY?

David Roe, CMSWire, October 19, 2020

“Earlier this month, Microsoft 365 users were unable to log in to multiple Microsoft 365 services that use Azure Active Directory, including Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Office.com, Power Platform and Dynamics 365. Users already logged in were unaffected and the services themselves continued to run but for most or all of the five-hour window anyone logged out was unable to log in.

Microsoft is not the only one. Adobe Creative Cloud also went down early this month. At the end of September, several Google services went offline or were barely reachable, including Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Analytics, Classroom and Calendar. In early June, IBM reported a multi-hour, multi-region cloud services disruption.

In fact, a quick search shows that cloud service outages are not uncommon. The problem is that for enterprises that depend on these services, outages are not just time consuming but also have a significant impact on the bottom line. So, should you trust them?”

HOW INTELLIGENT WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT TOOLS CAN HELP IT ADMINS CUT THROUGH CLOUD COMPLEXITY

Caroline Donnelly, Computer Weekly, Oct. 19, 2020

“Whatever course of action CIOs decide to take, the fact of the matter is IT administrators now face an unenviable task of having to keep tabs on workloads and applications scattered across multiple on-premise and cloud environments.

At the same time, the make-up of the workloads that IT administrators are managing has also become more complex, as enterprises ready their application estates for the move off-premise by embracing the principles of cloud-native design into their software architectures, meaning they must embrace containers, microservices and serverless.”

CLOUD-NATIVE IS ‘CLOUD NAKED’ WITHOUT A PROTECTIVE LAYER

Adrian Bridgewater, Forbes, Oct. 16, 2020

“Cloud computing services, washing machines, car jacks and guitars all share a common trait. They all definitely exist, but not all of us know how to use them. In the case of cloud, not every organization has fully worked out which of its applications, data sources, analytics engines, AI intelligence and other external IT services it should be ingesting, imbibing and integrating from the cloud datacenter backbones now spanning the planet.

If we are straddling the rather broad tipping point between cloud-native (where technologies are borne in and of the whole abstraction virtualization era of cloud services, supplied from a datacenter) and the more immediate reality of cloud migration (where we have to ‘move’ applications, databases and other technologies to cloud services from their initial terrestrial existence down on Earth), then every element of our IT stacks will need a rugged layer of protection for the cloud journey ahead.”

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