Computing

OPA: A general-purpose policy engine for cloud-native

As your organization embraces the cloud, you may find that the dynamism and scale of the cloud-native stack requires a far more complicated security and compliance landscape. For instance, with container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes gaining traction, developers and devops teams have new responsibility over policy areas like admission control as well as more traditional areas like compute, storage and networking. Meanwhile, each application, microservice or service mesh requires its own set of authorization policies, for which developers are on the hook.

It’s for these reasons that the hunt is on for a simpler, more time-efficient way to create, enforce

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CIO Think Tank: Setting the multi-cloud agenda

In June 2020, CIO held its first CIO Think Tank, a series of virtual roundtables that brought together 30 IT leaders to unpack one of the most important issues in enterprise technology today: managing multiple clouds. The roundtables also featured IDC Research Director Deepak Mohan, IDG B2B Editor-in-Chief Eric Knorr, and cloud executives Deepak Patil and Bradd Lewis from Dell Technologies.

The objective of these discussions was to identify the key challenges associated with multi-cloud management and to offer a roadmap for IT leadership — as well as the technology industry — to overcome those obstacles. All participants drew on

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Presenting the Azure Well-Architected Framework

Building and managing cloud services at scale is new to most of us; we’re either building our first tranche of cloud-native applications or have started to migrate existing applications from on-premises to the cloud. In many cases we haven’t had time to prototype and pilot. We’re being driven to rapidly take businesses digital by a global pandemic and a sudden shift to remote working.

The question then is: What are the best practices for working with hyperscale clouds such as Azure? What worked well in on-premises data centers may not be a good fit for virtual infrastructures or container-based microservice

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Cloud tech certifications count more than degrees now

Of the 10 major computing certifications that attract the largest salaries in North America, you might not be surprised that four are cloud related. The Google Cloud Platform Cloud Architect certification brings in real money, with certificate holders making an average annual salary of $152,129. AWS has three different certifications: Solutions Architect Associate, SysOps Administrator Associate, or Developer Associate. If you’re holding any of those certifications, you’ll likely make at least $130,000 a year depending on where you live.

If you think the economic downturn from COVID-19 has depressed some of the demand and salaries, you would be dead wrong.

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The new edge in edge computing

It wasn’t that long ago when with servers in our offices, we all had edge computing. Of course, we didn’t think of it that way. It was just what worked. Then, along came the cloud, and everything changed. Computers were hundreds of miles and milliseconds away. For our office applications, that level of latency’s OK. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and our never-satisfied need for speed, a new kind of local computing, edge computing, is appearing.

And, it’s not just showing up as another technology du jour. Arpit Joshipura, The Linux Foundation‘s

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COVID-19 leads to shocking cloud computing bills

It’s pretty significant when the Wall Street Journal talks about cloud issues, and this story (behind a paywall) is no different. The gist is that as enterprises support a mostly remote workforce with cloud computing, they are, of course, seeing rapid growth in the monthly public cloud bills. 

Although a 20 percent expansion in dollars burned each month is average, I’ve seen expenses go as much as 50 percent higher in month-to-month growth. This is without expanding the number of applications or data—just how the clouds are now being used. 

It’s expected to pay more for expanded use of cloud-based

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