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Poor architectural visibility leading to cloud cost blowout, report warns

Almost three quarters of global companies polled by integration and automation provider Boomi exceeded their cloud budgets last year – and solving perennial problems from excessive storage to overconsumption of bandwidth remains elusive in many cases. The findings were in a report conducted alongside Forrester Research, which polled 420 cloud decision makers globally. While two… Read more »

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Spike in cloud account compromises and email forwarding rule abuse detected

Cybersecurity firm Red Canary has unveiled its sixth annual Threat Detection Report, examining the trends, threats, and adversary techniques that organisations ought to prioritise in the coming months and years. The report tracks MITRE ATT&CK techniques that adversaries abuse most frequently throughout the year, and two new and notable entries soared to the top 10… Read more »

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Half of EMEA cloud costs going to fees, but most plan to increase capacity

European organisations are still beleaguered by storage bills as 50% of all cloud storage costs in EMEA go to data access and usage fees rather than capacity, according to the 2024 Global Cloud Storage Index from Wasabi Technologies. Still, EMEA companies see the value of cloud storage services and plan to increase their spend in… Read more »

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Flexera 2024 State of the Cloud: Cost optimisation, FinOps and GenAI key takeaways

Flexera has admitted that 2024 is a ‘complex’ year for cloud adoption as the company publishes its latest State of the Cloud report – and while cost optimisation remains key, sustainability is slowly emerging as an important differentiator. The report – the 13th – is often regarded as a benchmark study for the industry, with… Read more »

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Generative AI ‘commonplace in cloud business models’ – as Azure leads the way

More than seven in 10 cloud environments are employing managed AI services according to a new analysis, with the common use of OpenAI, be it directly or through Azure SDKs, suggesting that generative AI tools are ‘quickly becoming commonplace in cloud business models.’ The study, from cloud security platform provider Wiz, analysed more than 150,000… Read more »

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Why companies continue to struggle with cloud visibility – and code vulnerabilities

A new report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has thrown up more difficulties organisations are facing in security remediation – and achieving visibility from code to cloud. The report, produced in collaboration with security firm Dazz, polled just over 2,000 IT and security professionals to better understand current cloud environments and security tools. The… Read more »

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64% of organisations see their use of multi-cloud increasing in the next two years 

62% of organisations are currently using a multi-cloud environment, with a further 18% actively in the process of transitioning to a multi-cloud environment.   This is according to OVHcloud’s recent executive report on the state of multi-cloud, which examined the views of more than 500 IT decision makers of large organisations in the UK. Matt Tebay,… Read more »

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IT leaders are choosing hybrid cloud strategies due to flexibility, cost-effectiveness and security 

25% of organisations surveyed in the UK have already moved half or more of their cloud based-workloads back to on-premises infrastructures, or are considering doing so, in a phenomenon known as cloud repatriation. This is according to a recent study by Citrix, a business unit of Cloud Software Group, in which 350 IT leaders were… Read more »

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China cloud infrastructure spend hits $9.2bn in Q3 with ‘relentless’ AI focus

Spending on cloud infrastructure services in mainland China hit $9.2 billion USD (£7.29bn) in the third quarter of 2023 accounting for 12% of global cloud spend, according to analyst firm Canalys. The three largest vendors in China – Alibaba, Huawei and Tencent – represent almost three quarters (73%) of the market and customer spending. Alibaba… Read more »

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Global public cloud services revenues hit $315bn in first half of 2023

Global public cloud services revenues have been ticking over to the tune of 19.2% in the first half of 2023 with software as a service (SaaS) representing the lion’s share but platform as a service (PaaS) the biggest growth, according to IDC. The analyst firm released figures from its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker,… Read more »

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