Robert Agar

Robert Agar

I am a freelance writer who graduated from Pace University in New York with a Computer Science degree in 1992. Over the course of a long IT career I have worked for a number of large service providers in a variety of roles revolving around data storage and protection. I currently reside in northeastern Pennsylvania where I write from my home office.

Why You Should be Developing Cloud-Native Apps

Many factors influence an organization’s decision to take advantage of cloud provider offerings. The cloud provides enhanced flexibility and extensibility when compared to on-premises data centers. Companies enjoy economic benefits by exhibiting granular control over resource utilization and only paying for what they use. Housing systems in the cloud also make them more easily accessible by the growing population of remote workers. 

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The Best Ways to Control Cloud Sprawl

Server sprawl is a problem that can plague any large or complex computing environment. The issue can start small with a developer standing up a test instance of a database that gets forgotten after a few weeks or months. In addition to the monetary expense of the licensing necessary to run the instance, it probably has been added to backup or monitoring schedules. This leads to unnecessary work that wastes storage space and computing cycles. It also adds pointless complexity to the task of managing the environment efficiently.

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How to Protect Your Cloud Resources From Hackers

The recent discovery of the extensive Solar Winds hacking incident once again focused attention on the difficulty of securing enterprise data resources in the cloud. Thousands of customers had their networks breached by malware hidden in monitoring software. It appears that the cyberattack was perpetrated by a coordinated team of Russian hackers and the full extent of the intrusion will not be known for many months. Though this is one of the most egregious recent examples of a successful hack, it is certainly not the only one.

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