Use of Public Cloud PaaS Services is Increasing

Use of public cloud PaaS services is increasing. Data warehouse has the highest adoption, used by 54%, while 28% of enterprises are experimenting with artificial intelligence and machine learning — more than any other PaaS services. Top challenges are security, spend, governance and expertise. Overall, 81% indicate that security is a challenge, followed by 79% for managing cloud spend and 75% each for governance, lack of resources/expertise and compliance.

With Rise of Public Cloud, now Cloud Computing is a Part of almost Every Organization’s Vocabulary

Today’s competitive digital enterprise needs innovative technology to drive organizational agility, resilience, and powerful decision-making. The cloud has risen as a great enabler of modern enterprise. Today, the cloud is a part of almost every organization’s vocabulary, especially as the public cloud becomes more secure and aligned to enterprise needs. Obviously, the rise of the public cloud has also impacted data center products. Once seen merely as a cheap storage location, the cloud has now become central to almost all organizational aspects and transformation endeavors of large and small organizations alike. Almost all organizations are now aware of how they can create better value with the cloud and stay ahead of the competition.

72% of companies using the public cloud are using more than one cloud provider, according to a 451 Research survey

Seventy-two percent of companies using the public cloud are using more than one cloud provider, according to a 451 Research survey. “As data is increasingly stored in multiple locations, enterprises need to process and analyze data across those multiple locations and there is an argument to be made in favor of a cloud-agnostic data platform layer,” said Matt Aslett, research VP of data, AI, and analytics at 451 Research.

Virtana survey report says that less than 20% of enterprise applications have been moved from on-site data centers to the public cloud

Analysts report that less than 20% of enterprise applications have been moved from on-site data centers to the public cloud. A recent Virtana survey of IT decision makers revealed that most enterprises (95%) say they have moved some applications to the cloud, but not without difficulty. Seventy-two percent (72%) of the enterprises surveyed had to move one or more of their migrated applications or workloads back on-premises. The survey of 350 IT decision makers in the United States and United Kingdom was commissioned by Virtana and fielded by Arlington Research in November 2020. The high rate of repatriation, and the stated reasons for it, point to the complex challenges some organizations face during cloud migration. More specifically, complexities around which applications to migrate, lack of visibility into application dependencies, and understanding how workloads will behave in the public cloud once they are migrated.

Databricks rounded out its public cloud support with the launch of Databricks on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Databricks rounded out its public cloud support with the launch of Databricks on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with integrations to Google’s BigQuery and AI Platform. The extension secures the trifecta of major public cloud platforms included within Databricks’ offerings. The GCP extension allows Databricks customers to utilize the management, security, and login capabilities of GCP, and access GCP analytics within Databricks. It also allows Databricks to integrate with Google BigQuery’s open platform and leverage Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), giving Databricks customers the ability to deploy in a containerized cloud environment for the first time.

Amazon Employees Demand AWS to Stop Providing Cloud Services To Parler, Social Media Platform, Popular among Supporters of Donald Trump

Amazon workers are demanding that the company stop providing services to conservative social media platform Parler, popular among supporters of Donald Trump. An employee advocacy group, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is asking the company to stop providing hosting services to Parler through Amazon Web Services, it said in a tweet today. “As Amazon workers, we demand Amazon deny Parler services until it removes posts inciting violence, including at the Presidential inauguration,” the group said in the post. “We cannot be complicit in more bloodshed and violent attacks on our democracy.”

No Matter Where you’re Physically Located, the Cloud Gives you Access to Everything You Need

We’ll be seeing a lot more fragmentation of offices — whether it’s home offices, smaller offices, or temporary offices — making online tools and online collaboration even more important. The cloud is the perfect infrastructure to facilitate this new way of working. No matter where you’re physically located, the cloud gives you access to everything you need from your regular networks to email to office needs to storage, databases, and data warehouses. You don’t need to worry about how to access these services anymore. All you need is a service, similar to having access to electricity everywhere or water everywhere.

Gartner Predicts that by 2025, 15% of organizations with more than $1 billion in revenue will use Augmented Reality (AR) Cloud

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 15% of organizations with more than $1 billion in revenue will use AR cloud to monetize the physical world through new interactions and business models. While many opportunities for AR cloud are still years away, there are near-term actions that businesses can take to capitalize on this emerging technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the value proposition for enterprise AR solutions more urgent, particularly among frontline workers who are leveraging AR to make their job easier, faster, or safer. Many organizations that have already deployed AR solutions are expanding their deployments, and others that were previously unaware of AR, or had deprioritized it in favor of other emerging technologies, are refocusing on these initiatives.

Our investment in India is toward accelerating Nation’s Digital agenda & our customers’ Transformation in Cloud – Scott Russell, President, SAP Asia Pacific Japan

SAP’s commitment to support India’s growth vision remains a top priority, and we are determined to achieve this with deeper collaboration with our customers, ecosystem and the government. Our investment in India is toward accelerating the nation’s digital agenda and our customers’ transformation in the cloud.

Pharmaceutical Giant AstraZeneca combines Public Cloud with NetApp to aid Covid-19 Vaccine Development & Roll-Out

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, along with its research partner Oxford University, has been at the forefront of the global effort to research, develop and rapidly deploy a vaccine that could aid in curbing the spread of the novel Covid-19 coronavirus across the world. While a lot of the media attention the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has attracted to date has focused on the rapid pace of its development, a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that has made it possible to confer widescale protection against Covid-19 within the UK population has relied on cloud computing. AstraZeneca’s global infrastructure services director, Scott Hunter, is responsible for the pharmaceutical company’s cloud platforms and innovation solutions for the cyber security and infrastructure part of its business.

Etisalat Joined AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Programme to offer Fast, Private, & Secure Connectivity for Accessing AWS Cloud Services

Etisalat said it has joined the AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Programme to offer fast, private, and secure connectivity for accessing AWS cloud services. This enables Etisalat’s customers to accelerate adoption of AWS cloud solutions by using high performance and secure direct connectivity, providing customers with more choice in line with Etisalat’s multi-cloud strategy.

Infiot Announced Infiot Cloud Service Fabric

Infiot, a pioneer in delivering Intelligent Access for Remote-first users and devices, announced the Infiot Cloud Service Fabric, a service to provide remote users/sites and devices secure and optimized connectivity to any cloud. The Cloud Services Fabric seamlessly extends high-performance connectivity, zero trust security and edge compute from people, places and things across all industries to core data centers, SaaS and to any multicloud in a matter of a few hours, as compared to months of DIY builds.

CloudPassage announced the addition of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Support for Halo Cloud Secure

CloudPassage, a recognized leader in cloud computing security and compliance, announced the addition of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) support for Halo Cloud Secure, the cloud security posture management (CSPM) service of the Halo cloud security platform. This addition gives GCP customers a unified solution for security and compliance automation supporting servers, container environments, and IaaS and PaaS services. Enterprises with multi-cloud strategies can now leverage Halo to secure their cloud assets and resources across GCP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure with Halo, as well as on-premise and hybrid deployments.

Global Cloud Backup Market Grew at a CAGR of around 22% During 2014-2019

The “Cloud Backup Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025” report has been added to’s offering. The global cloud backup market grew at a CAGR of around 22% during 2014-2019. Looking forward, the global cloud backup market to continue its strong growth during the next five years. Cloud backup, also known as online backup, helps send a copy of a file to a secondary, off-site location for preservation in case of hardware/software failures or unforeseen disasters.

Appetize Technologies selected by Hale & Hearty Soups Gourmet Fast-Casual Restaurant Chain to upgrade Point of Sale Operations in New York City

Appetize Technologies, Inc. was selected by Hale & Hearty Soups gourmet fast-casual restaurant chain to upgrade point of sale operations at all 20 locations in New York City, Long Island, and Boston. Following a successful October pilot at the Herald Square location in Manhattan, Hale & Hearty systematically rolled out Appetize’s advanced cloud technology at over half its restaurants and will continue the full, chain-wide deployment that concludes end of January 2021.

With Eye on Banking, Finance, Telecom & Public Sector, Salesforce Rolls out its ‘Hyperforce’ Architecture in India

Cloud-based software provider Salesforce has rolled out its ‘Hyperforce’ architecture in India – a global first – which will allow organisations to run Salesforce solutions on public cloud in a secure manner. Adoption of this new architecture will also allow Salesforce to tap into sectors like banking and finance, telecom and public sector in India that have strict data compliance requirements.

Salesforce President and COO Bret Taylor said Customers wanted Salesforce to be available through Data Centres

One of the broader global trends that has impacted India and also the world, there’s really proliferation of data privacy laws, of compliance requirements around data residency. And this platform (Hyperforce) will enable our customers to respond to this (requirement) whether they operate just within India, whether they’re a multinational with customers in multiple countries.