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Five Cloud Security Vulnerabilities You Need to Address

Organizations have to take precautions to maintain the security of their cloud infrastructures. Cloud environments have become prime targets for hackers and cybercriminals. As more companies move workloads to the cloud, the value of their data cloud-based data resources increases.

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How Cloud Computing is Improving Healthcare Delivery

Cloud computing is affecting the way many businesses and individuals interact with data on a daily basis. A generic example can be seen in how companies and employees are using the cloud to facilitate the creation of a mobile workforce. The cloud offers the universal data access and security necessary to promote remote work in all fields.

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Here's Why eBPF Matters in Cloud Computing

eBPF, short for "extended Berkeley Packet Filter," is a relatively new Linux kernel technology that has been gaining traction in cloud computing. It allows for efficient, safe, and flexible execution of user-defined programs within the Linux kernel. This has numerous benefits for cloud computing, including improved networking performance, greater security, and increased flexibility in the management of cloud environments.

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What is Cloud Cryptography and How is it Used to Protect Data?

Cloud cryptography involves the encryption of data stored or used in a cloud service. Through encryption, data transmitted in plaintext is protected by being transformed into a random string of characters called ciphertext. The encryption is performed using secure keys that are necessary to decrypt the data into human-readable form. While the information is encrypted, it is kept secure from access by unauthorized users or cybercriminals. 

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What are the Advantages of Cloud Load Balancing?

Cloud load balancing involves redistributing the workloads in a cloud computing environment to make sure no resources are overloaded, under-utilized, or idle. The goal is to increase the performance of cloud systems by addressing constrained parameters such as response and execution time. It also promotes system stability and availability by ensuring that applications can be accessed whenever they are needed.

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Cloud Computing is Not All Positive

Cloud computing has become one of the key talking points, not only in tech circles but among business people as well. This technology came at the right time when customer demands were increasing. It came at a time when data was fast becoming a gold standard for organizations that wanted to gain an edge over their peers and survive the harsh competition. While it has changed many aspects of our organizations, cloud computing is not all positive as some might think. Here are some downsides associated with this technology.

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How Anyone Can Access the Power of a Supercomputer in the Cloud

A wide range of services is available from public cloud service providers (CSPs). Companies can take advantage of offerings that provide scaleable storage capacity, advanced machine learning capabilities, and analytics powered by artificial intelligence. Some CSPs also furnish businesses with access to the processing power of cloud-based supercomputers. 

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Five Ways to Control the Cost of Cloud Computing

One of the reasons many organizations investigate the potential of cloud computing is the promise of cost savings over traditional IT environments. Unfortunately, mismanagement of cloud resources can negate any prospective financial benefits. We’re going to look at some methods companies can use to control the cost of cloud computing and save money on their IT budget.  

Practice capacity planning 

Scalability and flexibility are two big advantages of cloud computing. Companies are attracted by the ability to meet fluctuating requirements by scaling up or down on demand. But on-demand scalability comes at a cost.  

Applications need to be sized correctly when migrating to the cloud. There is a tendency to over-provision resources which can lead to higher monthly costs for excessive capacity. Taking the time to right-size cloud instances will result in long-term cost savings.  

Minimize data egress fees

Cloud service providers (CSPs) impose data egress fees when transferring data from their infrastructure. This may include moving data between the cloud provider’s geographic regions. These fees can quickly add up to a substantial amount of money if you’re not careful. 

You can minimize the fees by reducing the volume of data transfers. The IT architecture can be modified to eliminate excessive data transfers between cloud storage and on-premises systems and applications. Companies should also compare the cost difference between physical transfer devices and dedicated network connection services when determining the best way to move data. 

Maintain visibility into cloud resources

It’s impossible to control costs without adequate visibility into your cloud services and resources. You need to know what products and services are being used throughout the organization, who is using them, and how they address business objectives.  

Companies should reevaluate their cloud environments regularly to identify services that can be scaled back or eliminated. Failure to monitor cloud usage can lead to expensive unused resources and shadow IT. Carefully review bills from your CSP to ensure employees are not using unapproved cloud services. 

Look for less expensive reserved instances

Companies can save money by contracting for cloud resources via reserved instances. By committing to purchasing a pre-defined resource capacity for up to three years, a business can reduce costs when compared to on-demand solutions. Substantial savings can be obtained with reserved instances as seen in discounts of up to 72% offered to Amazon EC2 customers.  

Determining the baseline for reserved instances demands capacity planning and an understanding of future business objectives. The savings available with reserved instances make it worth any time spent on capacity planning projections.  

Consider a third-party managed services provider 

Third-party managed service providers (MSPs) can help companies substantially trim their cloud budgets. A reliable MSP brings a wealth of experience to the table and can provide an organization with a carefully crafted roadmap of cloud services that is economical and meets business objectives. The cost of engaging the MSP will often be offset by the savings possible through more efficient use of the cloud. 

The advantages of cloud computing are real and include cost savings over traditional IT environments. Taking the simple measures outlined above will help your company achieve the expected benefits from the cloud.

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Cloud Computing is Changing

Cloud computing is already helping businesses in an unprecedented manner. Despite the cloud's impact in different sectors, the transformative effects are far from over. Trends in 2022 indicate that there will be a continuation of rapid adoption and growth of the cloud as more companies seek to use it to store data, expand IT capabilities and modernize operations. Here are some cloud computing trends shaping the conversation in 2022 and beyond.

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Cloud Computing Can Get Expensive

Cloud services have become one of the popular ways businesses invest in as they seek an alternative to the often-expensive data centers. While there is no doubt that cloud computing solutions are cheaper than the other options, some still believe that cloud services are more expensive. Here are some reasons why the cloud can get expensive.

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