DARKReading: Securing Identities In The Cloud (Oct. 3rd)
IT - Cloud

Hyperscalers made it sound like it was all self-service, in reality it was no

Cloud-based infrastructure services date back at least as far as 2006, when AWS introduced its S3 storage platform, followed by Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. Since then, cloud has become a global industry topping $100 billion in size, but some customers have begun to question the move to these services and started to bring workloads back in house.

The cloud market has in fact been so successful that it has proved largely resilient to the global economic factors that saw some tech companies report record losses this year. The rate of growth in cloud spending has slowed - from 20 percent in Q4 2022, to 19 percent in Q1 of this year, to 18 percent for Q2, according to Synergy Research - but it has continued to grow.

The 16 Best Cloud Cost Analysis Tools & Platforms For 2023
Solutions Review, Monday, September 11,2023
Solutions Review's listing of the best cloud cost analysis tools is an annual mashup of products that best represent current market conditions, according to the crowd.

The editors at Solutions Review have developed this resource to assist buyers in search of the best cloud cost analysis tools to fit the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and solution can be a complicated process - one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we've profiled the best cloud cost analysis tools providers all in one place. We've also included platform and product line names and introductory software tutorials straight from the source so you can see each solution in action.

Cloud Budgeting For A Multi-Cloud Strategy
search cloud computing, Monday, September 11,2023
A multi-cloud strategy can quickly become costly, especially with different providers. What you need is a cloud accountant to control the budgeting and billing processes.

In today's world, the cloud isn't simply a service IT teams can use -- it's the only service they use for some key applications. As a result, many companies have moved into the cloud space as the applications they need dictate it. These moves have, inherently, imposed a multi-cloud strategy on many companies.

Enterprises that have multiple vendors for cloud services need to consider a range of factors, including how to work with different vendors, as well as how to budget and assess costs of products and features. While multi-cloud budgeting can quickly become complex, IT teams can ease the process by defining who needs to be involved and how the budget should be set up.

How To Strengthen Cloud Security With Zero Trust
Entrust, Wednesday, September 13,2023
If you're familiar with the Zero Trust framework, its principles may seem simple enough in the context of network security. Nobody - not even your most senior leaders - can be granted user access without first being checked at the gate.

Here's the problem: Traditional perimeters are a thing of the past. Today, with remote access and hybrid work a mainstay of the modern enterprise, cyber threats are challenging your organization like never before. That's why the most forward-thinking businesses are implementing Zero Trust.

However, two questions remain. How do Zero Trust principles work in a cloud environment? And, more importantly, how can they help you safeguard your sensitive data?

In this guide, we'll walk you through the convergence of Zero Trust and cloud security. From why it's important to how it works, we'll help you identify all the tools and technologies you need to create a Zero Trust cloud for safe and secure access.

You're probably using cloud providers bespoke chips already and not even know it

As cloud datacenters grow ever larger and complex, providers are increasingly developing their own chips to eke out performance, efficiency, and cost savings over their competitors.

Today, the top cloud providers employ a suite of in-house silicon for everything from general compute to networking, storage, and AI training and inference. According to Dell'Oro analyst Baron Fung, this trend is likely to accelerate over the next few years as cloud providers and hyperscalers look to diversify their supply chains.

It's hard not to talk about cloud silicon development without pointing to AWS, for which chip development has become a core component of its business, with its Graviton CPUs estimated to power one in five cloud instances on EC2. However, they're not alone.

12 Common Cloud Security Mistakes Made By Enterprises
Solutions Review, Friday, September 15,2023
The editors at Solutions Review examine some common cloud security mistakes made by enterprises to be aware of and avoid.

Cloud security refers to the practices, technologies, policies, and controls that protect data, applications, and infrastructure in cloud computing environments. It encompasses measures to safeguard against various threats, including data breaches, unauthorized access, data loss, and service disruptions. Cloud security is a critical concern for enterprises for several reasons. One reason is that enterprises rely on the cloud to store and process sensitive and business-critical data. This data includes proprietary information, customer records, financial data, and intellectual property. Ensuring this data's confidentiality, integrity, and availability is paramount for maintaining customer trust, complying with regulations, and preserving the company's reputation.

Manage Cloud Waste And High Costs With Automation
search cloud computing, Tuesday, September 12,2023
Once you apply automation to a cloud waste strategy, it's continuously on guard and working in real time. See what manual tasks you can replace and available automation tools.

Cloud cost management shouldn't be an afterthought for your organization. Manually analyzing usage and growth patterns, allocating costs and conducting cost snapshots are time-consuming activities, prone to human error.

Organizations can automate ways to detect, track and report abnormal cloud activities to keep your cloud spending within budget.

Who's that poking around in your infrastructure? Roles, permissions, policies, and more

Sure, cloud infrastructure is complex. But keeping track of identities (human and machine) and permissions across multiple cloud environments, and making sure all of these entitlements aren't abused to break into cloud environments - well, that's truly a Herculean task.

On-premises datacenters can be complex too, but at least they are more predictable than cloud, according to Gartner analyst Henrique Teixeira.

"Imagine organizations running SAP or other large enterprise applications - they don't grow by themselves," Teixeira told The Register. "Once you install it, they stay more or less stable."

Cloud infrastructure, on the other hand, is an unruly, ever-expanding mess.

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