Issue #34: Mar 9 - Mar 15
Flexera State of Cloud 2022 Report key findings, Google acquires Mandiant for $5.4bn and its price increase announcement. Also Azure gains over AWS among enterprises; new AWS instances, and CSP3 suspension of sales in Russia.
Organizations struggling to adapt to cloud
HBR Analytics Survey sponsored by Splunk found 62% are unable to keep up with rapidly evolving technology roles and responsibilities to manage increasing cloud adoption; 45% cite lack of talent to manage cloud as an issue. Link to report.
FinOps to help enterprises squeeze the most out of their cloud spend
Organizations waste 32% of their cloud spend, as 66% find their cloud usage higher than planned; a new process, FinOps, has emerged to deal with cloud spends as 59% consider optimizing existing use of cloud a top initiative.
Azure overtakes AWS in some areas: Flexera report
Flexera State of Cloud 2022 report found 80% enterprises using Azure, up from 73% last year while AWS share drops from 79% to 77%; Google Cloud second runner at 48% adoption. AWS leads the race amongst SMBs and early adopters. Link to report.
Finding success with cloud-first strategies
Embracing cloud-native, fostering a cloud-first organizational culture, developing a cloud Center of Excellence, forging a skills roadmap, and having a cost management and cybersecurity plan in place key to successful cloud-first strategies.
Google acquires Mandiant for $5.4bn to strengthen its security portfolio
The acquisition will complement Google Cloud’s existing security toolset with Mandiant’s attack surface management, managed detection and response, and threat detection capabilities.
New instances for memory-intensive workloads on AWS
AWS X2idn enables 2TB of memory, ideal for running in-memory databases like SAP HANA; X2iedn enables up to 4TB of memory and is optimized for applications demanding higher memory to vCPU ratio.
Azure Automation bug fixed by Microsoft
The bug could have allowed one account owner to access another customer’s account; no evidence of misuse detected by Microsoft.
Google Cloud’s updated pricing to take effect from October 1, 2022
Cloud Storage pricing changes for data mobility, new low-cost archive snapshot for Persistent Disks, new pricing for Network Topology and outbound data processing in Cloud Load Balancing. Customer bills likely to increase.
Amazon, Google and Microsoft suspend cloud sales in Russia
The move comes amidst many global companies pulling out of Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine; all three cloud providers will stop adding new customers to their services.
Flipkart enters strategic alliance with Google Cloud
The move will help Flipkart scale on GCP infrastructure, unlock customer insights, and power human-centered employee experiences with Google Workspace.
Retail banker NatWest to collaborate with AWS for data-driven services
The collaboration will help NatWest leverage organization’s data to anticipate customers’ needs with AWS data services.
Bloomberg-Google Cloud collaboration to empower access to real-time market data feed
The collaboration will enable cloud-native access to B-PIPE, a tick-for-tick data normalization and market intelligence service to 35 million instruments, over 330 exchanges.
UK telecom major BT signs five-year deal with Google Cloud
BT will leverage Google Cloud infrastructure to build a group-wide data and AI fabric, unlock new use cases, build a zero-ops product development strategy in collaboration with Google’s SRE teams.