To paraphrase the old Joni Mitchell song, having looked at clouds from both sides, enterprises sometimes won and sometimes lost.
"But still somehow, they recall their many illusions about clouds and came to realize that they really didn't know clouds at all.
That's why they are moving workloads from one public cloud to another, sometimes moving data back in house, or opting for multi-cloud strategies for redundancy. In other words, a lot of data is migrating back, forth, and sideways into clouds and out again..."
Data breaches in the cloud consistently make news headlines. Yet, the data breach stories are often vague explanations - a 'misconfigured database,' 'an open resource,' or mismanagement by an unnamed 'third party.'
"The ambiguity that surrounds these breaches can make securing the enterprise seem riskier than it is. However, the challenge exists not in the security of the cloud itself but the policies for security and control of the infrastructure and data. In nearly all cases we heard about in the news, it is not the cloud providers' fault, but the organizations using the cloud who fail to manage the controls used to protect an organization's data. According to Gartner, through 2025, 90% of the organizations that fail to control public cloud use will inappropriately share sensitive data. No organization wants to compromise their prized asset - data. So how do you reduce risk to your data in the cloud?..."
The CompTIA Cloud+ exam covers a range of topics, including how to secure and troubleshoot cloud networks. Some of the first steps: Start simple, and isolate the problem
"Cloud networks and on-premises networks share traditional networking concepts. But cloud has also sparked several changes, such as shifts in responsibility, troubleshooting flows and security considerations.
The CompTIA Cloud+ exam targets cloud administrators helping their organizations migrate from "old-fashioned, traditional on-premises networks" to hybrid or full cloud deployments, said Damon Garn, author of The Official CompTIA Cloud+ Study Guide (Exam CV0-003) from CompTIA. In his study guide, Garn explains how to design cloud environments, administer cloud resources and troubleshoot cloud networks, among other topics..."
As cloud adoption surges in popularity, it's important that your cloud team is well equipped to handle their next project. However, there are mistakes that can derail a project
"Ideally, a cloud team can lead a business through almost any cloud project. But the path to cloud team success can be fraught with mistakes and missteps. To get the most from a cloud team, it's worth considering these four common oversights.
1. Wrong team and skills
Relatively simple cloud projects may succeed with the same handful of cloud experts. But successful cloud projects may require a mix-and-match approach of cloud team members. For example, a cloud project that requires software development in Java may not be well served with developers that specialize in the PHP scripting language..."
Here's a look at the seven IaaS and PaaS cloud providers included in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services report.
"Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google-the cloud computing industry's top three players in order-have ranked as leaders in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services.
The major differences between the seven cloud providers in the report is 'below the surface,' at the architecture, implementation and operations levels, according to Gartner..."
With a bit of effort and attention, businesses can avoid cloud security problems that arise from misconfigurations
"It is nearly impossible to find a business today that doesn't have some degree of presence in the cloud. The rise in cloud migration started in the past decade, but the explosion of remote work during the COVID pandemic has expanded the need for business-oriented, cloud-based services. And where there once was a single cloud service, many businesses now have multi-cloud and distributed environments for edge computing power..."
For a while it seemed like the public cloud was going to win. Everything would end up in the public cloud.
"Such services would be offered in a similar way utilities do for power, water, and gas. And with that, choices would be limited to one monopoly or a select few providers. But then the tide turned.
5 Top Private Cloud Trends
1. Private Cloud Revival
Private clouds have made a comeback.
Many enterprises are now moving at least some data and some applications back in house due to a number of factors.
'Businesses are moving workloads away from public cloud into private clouds as they offer more tailored services and are seen as less risky and providing more performance than public clouds,' said Steve Wallo, CTO of Vcinity..."
Three facets when you're considering cloud
"It's no secret that cloud now plays a pivotal role in the success of modern organizations. For those looking to thrive, it should be a given. When implemented correctly, cloud should enable smooth business agility, with its scalability and flexible capacity ultimately providing technology services on tap.
Of course, the label 'cloud' has now come to mean a whole variety of things, making the term itself rather nebulous. Indeed, clouds now come in many forms, and with a mind-boggling variety of providers and services, it can make the prospect of implementing a cloud strategy, and getting it right, both daunting and confusing..."
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