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Why Companies Are Leaving The Cloud
InfoWorld, Friday, February 9th, 2024
Cloud is a good fit for modern applications, but most enterprise workloads aren't exactly modern. Security problems and unmet expectations are sending companies packing.

Don't look now, but 25% of organizations surveyed in the United Kingdom have already moved half or more of their cloud-based workloads back to on-premises infrastructures. This is according to a recent study by Citrix, a Cloud Software Group business unit.

The survey questioned 350 IT leaders on their current approaches to cloud computing. The survey also showed that 93% of respondents had been involved with a cloud repatriation project in the past three years. That is a lot of repatriation. Why?

Two Practical Examples Of Modern Cloud SecOps
Security Boulevard, Monday, February 5th, 2024
We started this series detailing the major ways cloud affects SecOps before delving into updating our core capabilities and processes to better manage the cloud. Now it's time to show some practical examples, both of which we have implemented in the real world

Example One: Misconfiguration Remediation

Your tooling finds an S3 bucket that is open to public internet access. This is in an account that does have other public buckets, but this one is unexpected. It's similar to finding a new open file share or SharePoint site that isn't a clear policy violation but is definitely concerning, especially since data may be exposed to the internet.

Your objective is to detect, analyze and respond as quickly as possible.

Seach Cloud Computing, Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
OpenStack is a collection of open source software modules and tools that provide organizations with a framework to create and manage both public cloud and private cloud infrastructure. It's considered one of the most active open source projects worldwide.

OpenStack delivers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) functionality -- it pools, provisions and manages large concentrations of compute, storage and network resources. These resources, which include bare-metal hardware, virtual machines (VMs) and containers, are managed through application programming interfaces (APIs), as well as an OpenStack dashboard. Other OpenStack components provide orchestration, fault management and services intended to support reliable, high availability operations.

Businesses and service providers can deploy OpenStack on premises in the data center to build a private cloud, in the cloud to enable or drive public cloud platforms, and at the network edge for distributed computing systems.

The power balance among AWS, Microsoft and Google Cloud shifted slightly as infrastructure services saw the largest ever quarter-over-quarter market expansion recorded by Synergy Research Group.

As annual enterprise cloud spend hurtled past the $500 billion threshold last year, AI investments began to feed growth in the infrastructure services market. The immediate impact on overall IT spend has been modest, according to analyst firm Gartner, but generative AI investments registered in cloud.

'It takes a lot to move the needle, but AI has done just that,' the SRG report said.

A Tale Of Three Cloud Builders, All Seeking Dominance
The Next Platform, Monday, February 5th, 2024
While Amazon Web Services has first mover advantage when it comes to building a compute and storage cloud, it would be a mistake to believe that the division of the world's largest online retailer can rest on its laurels. AWS has to work hard every day to make its cloud cheaper and better, and that is because both Microsoft and Google are gunning for it.

And the threat is ever-present, and has been for the past several years, which is why you see the AWS share of the cloud revenue stream hovering around a third. At some price and some level of function, customers will move, and moreover, there are customers who love the Microsoft's Windows Server platform, its development tools, and its application software and there are other customers who think Google has the smartest infrastructure on the planet and is the safest place to invest in the future of compute and storage.

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