AWS Supports the Anti-Corruption Challenge for Cloud Orgs Amazon Web Services has announced its support for a new technology competition that aims to foster anti-corruption standards within the cloud computing industry. The first annual “Shield in the Cloud” competition was announced Wednesday by C5 Accelerate. This technology-focused investment firm previously partnered with AWS to launch an accelerator program for cloud startups in the United States and Europe. According to the contest website, the two companies have teamed up with SAP’s National Security Services (NS2) and nonprofit PeaceTech Lab to organize Shield in the Cloud. The goal of the competition is to find “the most innovative start–ups, corporations and not-for-profits working in cloud-based tech to promote transparency, accountability, and compliance worldwide.” The competition is open worldwide to companies and organizations that “use cloud-based technology in order to combat corruption.” The announcement states that the winners will be selected according to four categories:

Dream Big Shield. This award is for the most innovative start-up that uses cloud to ensure anti-corruption compliance or the […]

AWS-Azure, AWS OpenStack Most Popular Multicloud Combinations When it comes down to determining which cloud configurations are most popular among enterprises, diversity is the key word. This is the conclusion of a Cloudify report, which was published by IOD, an open-source cloud management solution provider. For their 2017: State of Enterprise Multi-Cloud report, the two companies surveyed nearly 700 IT professionals from around the globe, from multiple industries and sizes. The report revealed a correlation between an organization’s size and its preferred type of cloud. This was a key finding. According to the researchers, small to medium-sized organizations are more likely to use cloud-native services, and tend to prefer public cloud vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform(GCP). Larger enterprises, however, prefer private clouds like OpenStack or VMware due to their deeper catalogs of legacy apps that are difficult to migrate into the public cloud. It’s not unusual for organizations of all sizes to have multiple cloud providers, despite these preferences. Just over half (53.3%) of respondents said that they use multiple Infrastructure as a Service cloud providers within their organizations. Only 8.6 percent use at least five cloud vendors simultaneously, while an even smaller number (or less) use eight or nine. According to 23.1 percent of respondents, the most common multicloud environment is composed of two clouds. The most popular configuration with two clouds is AWS and Azure. The No. 1 and No. 2 public cloud vendors in the market, respectively. There are 2 public cloud vendors on the market, respectively. This combination was used by 108 respondents. “The fact that AWS and Azure are the most popular two cloud combinations shows that organizations don’t just trust one cloud. Researchers noted that SMBs will often choose a combination of public and private cloud vendors to avoid vendor lock-in. Recent surveys have shown that cloud vendor lock-in is a growing concern for organizations. Cloudify-IOD survey results showed that “interoperability/no locking-in” was rated by 20.1 percent as the most important feature in cloud computing. This was second only to “high availablility,” which was deemed most important by 23.3 per cent. AWS-Azure was the most popular two-cloud configuration, followed by OpenStack, which was reported by 59 respondents. In descending order, these are other popular two-cloud combinations:

AWS-Google (48 respondents) OpenStack-VMware (40) AWS-VMware (18) Azure-OpenStack (13) The report stated that “These results indicate a trend towards well […]

Cloud and Your Job – What’s next for IT professionals? The moment we’ve been talking about for years is finally here: IT departments are being dismantled and reassembled in interesting new ways as more companies move to the Cloud. IT Pros will be asked to assume new roles and be more involved in the business, as predicted. This session will examine some of these new roles, including what’s working and what’s not, and who is succeeding. IT professionals are as exciting and scary as ever. There are many opportunities, but also many gaps. It’s time to take stock and ask yourself: Are you well-positioned to succeed? Related: Ten IT Skills at the End of Extinction

Instructor: Andrew Ford Andrew Ford, a technical instructor, has spent more than 17 years in IT management. He has also […]