IT - Cloud

Putting The Cloud Into The Hands Of Enterprises
The Next Platform, May 11th, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has blown a hole in many of the world's economies, forcing many businesses to temporarily shut their doors, send employees home to telework, and in some instances cut their workforces

"In the United States alone, more than 20 million jobs were lost and the unemployment rate went up to more than 14 percent. Companies choked with cash-flow problems have been left to manage their way through the coming months, trying to find places in already tight budgets where they can shave a few dollars.

The tech industry hasn't been spared from all this. IDC, which in April said that IT spending in 2020 would decline year-over-year by 2.7 percent due to the coronavirus outbreak, downgraded that prediction this week, predicting that IT spending will fall by 5.1 percent. However, despite those bleak forecasts, there are some bright spots on the tech front. Given the large numbers of employees now working from home, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) vendors have seen increases in use and video conferencing services providers are seeing demand spike. Zoom has said that the number of daily meeting participants jumped from 10 million in December to 300 million in April..."


A multi-cloud environment is not inherently more secure than a single cloud. Learn how to choose between single cloud vs. multi-cloud for your organization from a security perspective

"Organizations across industries rely on public cloud computing for a significant portion of their workloads. The flexibility, cost efficiency, redundancy and security of cloud infrastructure providers makes it attractive to organizations of all kinds. From banks and healthcare providers to technology companies and retailers, firms depend on cloud computing to carry out core business functions.

However, as these organizations perform risk assessments, they often worry that using a single cloud provider might create a single point of failure (SPOF) in their environments. Multi-cloud security architectures aim to eliminate this SPOF by enabling the rapid shifting of workloads between cloud providers, but is this approach in fact a benefit from a security perspective?

Here, compare the differences between single cloud and multi-cloud security...."


Free and cheap personal and small business cloud storage services are everywhere. But, which one is best for you? Let's look at the top cloud storage options

"In 2007, Drew Houston, Dropbox's CEO, got sick and tired of misplacing his USB drive, so he created the first personal and small business cloud storage service. It was a radical idea in its time, and everyone loved it. Today, there are dozens of cheap or free cloud storage services. But -- beyond giving you storage -- they're very different.

How do you choose which one is right for you? You could just pick on the basis of how much free storage space you get from them. That's simple, but it only tells part of the story. The real value from a cloud storage service comes from how well it works for you or your business. As you'll see, some work much better with some operating systems and business plans than others.

Let's start, shall we?..."

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