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Cloud storage remains popular but comes at a cost

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A new survey of 350 IT leaders in the US and UK shows 84 percent of respondents want a large portion of their storage to remain in the cloud, and two-thirds of them want as much storage in the cloud as possible.

On average, enterprises have put 57 percent of their storage in the cloud, whilst keeping 43 percent on premises.

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Lookout launches unified security for endpoints and cloud

The switch to remote and hybrid working has led to more people working from mobile devices and using cloud platforms.

This needs a security solution that 'follows' and protects corporate data wherever it flows or resides, and with the launch of its new Cloud Security Platform, Lookout does just that.

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Three cloud computing trends for 2023: Aligning IT investments with business goals

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As company leaders plan for the year ahead, budget allocations are a key priority. Over the past few years, IT investments have been largely driven by remote work adoption. While companies initially leveraged remote work to stay afloat amid the pandemic, many are now viewing it as a permanent solution, finding that employees are often more productive working from home.

On top of that, 76 percent of IT leaders agree that a remote work environment enables them to attract and retain top talent from a competitive, global pool.

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Mid-market firms push for hybrid cloud as budgets are hit by inflation


New research from Node4 into the IT priorities of mid-market businesses in the UK shows hybrid cloud adoption has increased by 11 percent since last year.

Inflationary pressures have led to a re-examination of cloud adoption models and a desire to access more predictable, stable costs -- as well as a wider choice of pricing models. Hybrid cloud is seen as a viable long-term, and potentially more flexible, option that combines the best aspects of public and private cloud.

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5 cloud space trends to watch in 2023

The past few decades have seen the cloud evolve from a nebulous concept to an essential component of our increasingly data-anchored lives. Recently, the adoption of cloud-based offerings has skyrocketed thanks to hybrid work models emerging, AI technologies gaining traction and the rapid deployment of automation tools, all of which play an ever-more important role in business strategies.

Here are five ways the cloud space will evolve in 2023 and beyond.

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Fast secure: Achieving secure continuous delivery of cloud native applications [Updated]

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Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) are critical to achieving DevOps success across organizations -- offering the ability to get software changes into production safely, quickly, and sustainably. By reducing the time between when code is written and deployed, while allowing developers to maintain high quality and minimize risk, CD enables teams to release new features quickly.

However, for CD to be a success, speed cannot come at the detriment of security. By building security validation into the CI/CD pipeline, developers will see benefits in productivity by reducing time to market and build consumer trust by developing more secure apps and data.

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Almost half of IT pros see a rise in their Kubernetes spending

A new survey of 1,000 cloud developers from Civo finds 47 percent have seen an increase in their year-on-year spending on Kubernetes clusters.

Of those who have seen costs rise, the majority saw a rise of up to 25 percent in year-on-year spend, and a significant group (10 percent) had seen a more than 50 percent increase. This is partly a result of increased adoption as 57 percent of respondents have seen an increase in the amount of Kubernetes clusters running in their organization over the last year.

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IBM streamlines its partner program

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Over the past couple of years IBM has been undergoing something of a transformation. While its mainframe and mid-range hardware offerings remain at its core, Big Blue has been looking to capture a slice of the $1 trillion hybrid cloud and AI market and help clients automate, secure and modernize their businesses.

Partnerships have been an important element of this and today the company is changing how it supports partners with the launch of a single, integrated experience that offers access to IBM resources, incentives and tailored support to deepen their technical expertise and help speed time to market.

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If you don't know what you're exposing, how can you protect it? [Q&A]


The move to the cloud has meant the days of external exposure being defined by the set of IP ranges in your firewall are gone. Today's attack surface is made up of many internet-facing assets with exposure being controlled at the domain level.

This means web applications have fast become an attractive target for attackers, particularly unknown and forgotten assets -- which are plentiful in modern environments. So how can businesses defend themselves?

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More complexity, more automation and data sovereignty concerns -- cloud predictions for 2023

No longer the new 'big thing', the cloud has matured into something that almost all organizations rely on daily. But it's still evolving and its importance has grown over the last two years as we've switched to remote and hybrid working.

Here are some expert views on what lies ahead for the cloud in 2023.

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2023 predictions: Automation, right sizing cloud requirements, zero trust and the growing importance of AI observability

2022 was a year of extreme complexities. With the post-pandemic and Brexit fallout, cost of living rises and inflationary pressures, geo-political issues, ongoing climate crisis, supply chain shortages and growing cybersecurity and data security threats, it was undoubtably another unprecedented year.

In fact, ransomware set annual records again, with new ransomware strains emerging. Additionally, cloud adoption continued to grow, while the IT jobs market experienced significant skills shortages. As we look forward to the start of a new year, what trends are on the horizon in 2023 and what issues will organizations be grappling with?

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Greater cloud adoption, better security and connected cars -- 5G predictions for 2023

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The importance of 5G for internet infrastructure is widely recognized, but the effects of the pandemic have seen its rollout slow somewhat.

According to IDTechEx, as of September this year, 98 nations have commercialized 5G or are conducting 5G trials, compared to 79 at the end of 2021.

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No more either/or: How a layered, data-centric approach to security removes outdated restrictions 

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Viewing security as a modern data challenge is something different from simply recognizing the crucial role of data. IT security has always been about gathering, analyzing and acting on data. But modern cloud data challenges are about handling ever increasing amounts of disparate, differently-structured and unstructured data, from a changing mix of dynamic sources. 

The challenge is not about battling to handle data overload. But rather, rethinking the underlying data technologies you use at the core of your security platform, so that as more data floods in, it makes your security tighter and more effective. 

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Meeting the challenge of securing cloud-native apps [Q&A]

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As more and more of our computing moves to the cloud, protecting information and apps throws up a new set of challenges for enterprises.

We spoke to Ratan Tiperneni, president and CEO of cloud-native app protection specialist Tigera, to find out more about the security implications of going cloud native and how to deal with them.

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Microsoft slaps cryptomining ban on Azure users

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Microsoft has updated the Universal License Terms for Online Services that apply to Azure to indicate that the service cannot be used to mine cryptocurrency.

The change appears in the Acceptable Use Policy section of the license terms that apply to all Microsoft Online Services, but the ban is not an outright one. While the criteria have not been revealed, it seems that there are circumstances in which the company may be willing to lift the ban on cryptomining.

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