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IT Budgets Will Gravitate to Cloud Efforts

The economic downturns caused by the coronavirus pandemic have affected many industries, and some of them might take months or even years before they can recover. This means the budgets will have to be cut going forward as companies re-strategize. While other industries have it rough, cloud infrastructure projects, collaboration tools, and communications equipment are going the opposite direction. According to Forbes, the average cloud spending has gone up 59% from 2018 to over $73 million in 2020. With the shifting workplace preferences, companies that had not made digital transformation a priority will face a hard time. They will be in a difficult position than those who have embraced technology.

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Cloud Systems are Hosting Ransomware

The recent surge in ransomware attacks against cloud hosting platforms has left many organizations scratching their heads, wondering about the security of their systems. When cyber-attacks are used to compromise hosted systems, it impacts data and can also expose critical customer data. Unlike in the past, where ransomware was used target organizations and their systems, malicious individuals are now targeting cloud systems of big cloud service providers. Like never before, the challenge posed by these threats has proven to be growing. According to statistics by the FBI, US businesses lost more than $3 million as payment of ransom to hackers in 2018 alone. This does not include lost businesses, wages, data, and time that were lost in the process.

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How The Cloud Is Transforming Manufacturing

Cloud computing is transforming all industries and the more traditional manufacturing sector is not excluded from this transformation. Manufacturers face steep competition from legacy competitors along with niche startups. Many US manufacturing industries beyond technology have seen a decline in employment over the last 20 years. However, US manufacturing output has seen double digit growth over the same time period. The economics of manufacturing in the US and elsewhere in the world is a very complex set of topics that is best left to economists, but some discussion related to technology is relevant here.

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Life Sciences Rely on Cloud Computing Platforms

As cloud computing continues attracting the attention of many industries and disciplines, life sciences appear to be taking the right strides towards the use of cloud computing platforms. The greatest benefit of this technology in this discipline is its scalability, innovation, and flexibility. The cloud-based technologies give life sciences the capability to access more resources and processing scale. With the cloud, datasets can be anonymized and shared with ease. This will be a great enabler of the new strategies on artificial intelligence, which include drug discovery. However, some experts have warned that the cloud will not automatically create benefits, reduce costs, or enhance security, that is one of the requirements in any discipline. It is upon each organization or user to determine the processes that can be removed through a transition to the cloud and the new capabilities that can be accessed through the cloud platforms.

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Working from Home is Driving Increased Cloud Activity

As COVID-19 continues tearing different industries apart and changing norms, the future of work is now more clear than before working from home. What appeared once as distant prospects have turned into reality as businesses try to find new means of survival. Working from home is one of the areas that has been largely adopted courtesy of this pandemic. With many countries trying to minimize human interaction by introducing lockdown and social distancing measures, many employees are now forced to work from home as companies close their business premises amid the coronavirus pandemic. Companies are now launching different remote working initiatives that will see them continue being productive even as they keep themselves away from infections.

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Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) is Tackling Cloud Security

Cloud computing has continued to grow, and many organizations have adopted it as the right technology to address storage issues in the age of big data. However, as things shape up, the number of providers has also grown significantly and so have the challenges associated with infrastructure management and security. As services offered by the cloud such as IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and RaaS keep increasing, the security posture must be addressed. According to a report by Gartner, 95% of cloud security issues in 2020 will be due to improper configuration. A single failure to configure the system in the right manner can expose thousands of systems and information to massive breaches, and many systems and users will be affected as a result.

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Cloud-Based Voting Systems for More Secure Elections

Fair elections are an essential activity in democratic nations. They are at the heart of the democratic process and are what sets “free” societies apart from autocracies, monarchies, and dictatorships. Ensuring the viability and accuracy of elections has been a challenge for countries and municipalities throughout history. New methods of developing voting systems that make use of the security and flexibility of cloud computing may help alleviate many of the issues that plague what should be a right for all citizens.

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How “Cloud-First” Became a Cliché

From Super Bowl ads boasting the benefits of machine learning to rappers touting the advantages of artificial intelligence, nearly everyone knows about the cloud, how powerful it is, and the advantages it can provide for both businesses and consumers. Then you also have the pundits adding to the hype with absolute statements like this: “If you have not developed a cloud-first strategy yet, you are likely falling behind your competitors” -Gartner

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Creative Uses of the Cloud by the NFL

The National Football League is arguably the most popular spectator sport in the United States. Its season-ending Super Bowl extravaganza is watched by hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide and is the cause of many unexplained absences from work the following Monday morning. The league has embraced the power of cloud computing in a variety of ways intended to enhance the fan experience as well as help team management and players improve their ability to compete.

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Previously Resistant Utilities are Adopting Cloud Operations

Cloud computing is rising fast and is quickly becoming a “new normal” point of departure for modern IT infrastructure. While only a handful of companies have resisted its adoption, many of them have embraced it due to the crucial nature cloud computing plays in the modern IT landscape. However, highly regulated sectors including as healthcare, banking, insurance, and public utilities, most of the organizations in this area have been slow to adopt new technology and embrace change mainly in internal IT infrastructure.

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