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Google reorgs cloud team in pursuit of greater market share

September 22nd, 2021

CNBC is reporting a change in the engineering leadership of Google’s cloud team. Thomas Kurian, the CEO of Google Cloud, wants to continue growing the company’s market share from its current 10%, up from 7% three years ago.

Yes, your data is safer in the cloud

September 21st, 2021

Executive Summary:
Many businesses are bad at security. The chances of something catastrophic happening to your data are greater if you keep it on-prem. Play the percentages.

Occasionally, I run into a business owner who’s afraid of the cloud. They don’t have nephophobia–they just like to keep their data on-site. Their argument often goes something like this:

“I like to know where it’s at.”

“The cloud has breaches all the time!”

“What if my data gets deleted?”

Or, my personal favorite:

“”I don’t want the Chinese to hack into my system.”

There are various levels of validity to these concerns. They often come up during well-meaning security presentations oscillating somewhere between “prudent” and “FUD” (good old “fear, uncertainty, and doubt”!).

Often overlooked, however, is the fact that the risk of keeping your data on-prem is likely greater than your risk of it suffering a cloud-based disaster.

When it comes to security, maintaining your own IT infrastructure is a big risk factor. Security firm Imperva concluded “46 % of On-Prem Databases Contain Vulnerabilities”. MyTechDecisions is reporting recent vulnerabilities in on-prem systems have highlighted the security advantages of the cloud. In both cases, a big part of the problem is insufficiently patched resources at individual companies. Many organizations are simply unable or unwilling to pay for the IT security expertise and labor required to keep everything fully patched. These vulnerabilities are an attractive target for bad actors.

In addition to the risks inherent to on-prem solutions, the cloud providers are incentivized to continuously improve their services. In a round-table discussion published by the Albany Business review, Lauren Groff discusses how a cloud subscription model gives vendors a higher ROI for enhancements than the legacy model used for many on-prem products.

While human nature tempts us to “keep our data where we can see it”, the realities of the market and scarce resources tell a different story. Move your data to the cloud, so you can sleep better at night!

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Action Items — 
• Review your current security posture with your in-house IT, staff or your managed services provider.
• Pay close attention to where your hardware and software are at in their patching cycle.
• How many outstanding patches do you have?
• What are the potential consequences if the remaining vulnerabilities are exploited?
• What is the potential cost of continuing to do what you’ve always done?

Brian S. Pauls is the founder and vCTO of Cloudessy. He likes to keep the dice for his table-top role-playing games on-prem, and his data in the cloud.

Microsoft Teams phone system is solid, but lacks advanced call handling

September 20th, 2021

TechRadar has a recent review of the Microsoft Teams phone system, concluding it’s a good solution for businesses already using Teams, or which want to scale easily, as long as they don’t need sophisticated call handling like that required in a call center.

Executives think they’re building good pandemic workplace cultures—data says they’re wrong

September 19th, 2021

The Society for Human Resource Management surveyed American executives, HR professionals, and workers regarding pandemic-era company culture. Most executives believe their organizations have been moving in the right direction. Most HR pros and other employees think the opposite.

Businesses are implementing surveillance in exchange for remote work privileges

September 18th, 2021

Owners, bosses, and managers…the terrain has shifted. If you want to lose your best people to the competition who “gets it”, keep doing stuff like this

Google Workspace forges ahead into enterprise communication

September 17th, 2021

Last week, The Verge reported Google Workspace will now feature the ability to initiate and accept Google Meet calls between Workspace users. This continues Google’s advance into enterprise communication, which began with the COVID-19 remote-work transformation.

Elastic Cloud’s Terraform provider now in general release

September 15th, 2021

On September 9, Elastic announced it has moved its Terraform provider for Elastic Cloud into general release, making it possible to “Provision Infrastructure in Single or Multi-Cloud Environments”, and to manage those assets as code.