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Cloud cost optimization during and after COVID-19

Managing financial uncertainty is a significant challenge, even during the best of times. Today, two major factors drive the need for continuous cloud cost optimization — the evolving global financial conditions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the accelerating adoption of cloud usage.

As identified in the Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report, organizations expect cloud spend to increase 47% in the coming year. This rapidly growing spend leads to challenges in forecasting, with respondents reporting they exceeded their cloud budget by an average of 23%.

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As cloud spend is growing, respondents are finding it difficult

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During COVID-19, wasting 30 percent of cloud spend is not OK

Even before COVID-19, public cloud adoption was accelerating. The Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report highlights that cloud usage is accelerating, with respondents anticipating that cloud spend will increase by an average 47% next year. However, organizations are still struggling to accurately plan for cloud spend, exceeding their cloud budget by an average of 23% last year.

These challenges are likely to be exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, as 59% of enterprises expect cloud usage to exceed prior plans. With respondents estimating that they waste 30% of their cloud spend, more cloud spend also means more waste. As cloud

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6 ways to be more secure in the cloud

For years, many business and IT executives have been leery of the public cloud — and even avoided these services outright — because of concerns about security threats.

Those worries have largely abated as the cloud services market matured and the leading cloud providers built highly secure infrastructures. But that doesn’t mean the threats have gone away or that cloud customers should assume they’re no longer responsible for making sure their data is protected.

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How the cloud will support colleges and universities post-pandemic

Even before COVID-19, education technology experienced high growth, with global edtech investments reaching $18.66 billion in 2019. The overall market for online education is projected to reach $350 billion by 2025.

But these numbers are now being “reimagined.” Language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, on-demand courses, or online learning software—there has been a significant surge in remote-learning tech usage since COVID-19 began.

The challenge is that while a few colleges and universities have been slowly moving to remote learning, most have not invested in technology. Even those that made investments prior to the crisis have done so with a

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13 ways Google Cloud beats AWS

The general public knows what the word “google” means. It’s a search engine, although there’s also Gmail and some services like Google Maps. But that’s about it. 

Developers know that behind the scenes, several decades ago, the company started building one of the original cloud services to support these massive sites that run at a world-wide scale. It was an awesome engineering feat. Now the same software and hardware that powers their great search and advertising empire can also support your enterprise, small or large. It’s just a click away.

The cloud business may be dominated by Amazon and its

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The pros and cons of using a virtual private cloud

VPCs (virtual private clouds) were really a marketing response by public cloud providers that found themselves competing with private clouds, such as OpenStack, years ago. Some enterprises did not relish the idea of placing their data on a public cloud, sharing pooled resources with other companies—perhaps even their competition.

I was in so many of those meetings back then, hearing CIOs proclaim that their data would never exist outside of their firewall. When moving to cloud, it was going to be their cloud in their data center: a private cloud.

The trouble with private clouds is that they still have

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