What the pandemic teaches about cloud computing

Legacy OS users know how to employ the cloud to replace aging hardware. Virtualizing servers takes place on Oracle Cloud, AMS, and other locations. Stromasys even tells its Charon customers about a special relationship to Oracle’s cloud. It seems a neat fit for Solaris configurations using CPUs that are long in the tooth.

The realm of cloud computing gets more crucial here in our viral times. Onsite hardware inside a datacenter is usually the concern of corporate staff. It’s much harder now to get people onsite while COVID is still on the prowl. Use of cloud services now keeps employees safe, since it consolidates hardware maintenance.

Cloud operations are more important now. In an article at InfoWorld, a writer notes that “The increased use of public cloud providers, and the access of cloud systems by a widely distributed remote workforce, puts a spotlight on the need for operational tools and talent. While self-healing capabilities became imperative to scale cloud ops, enterprises lacked the tools to automate self-healing processes, and/or the talent to set them up.”

To translate: your apps and instances need self-healing that the standard cloud operations won’t often provide on their own.

Security issues

The article goes on to say cloud users do enjoy freedom from hardware. We are not as secure as we believed. “Vulnerabilities around cloud security began to appear, thanks to a completely remote workforce. Security teams were just not prepared. They worked quickly to establish new policies, training, and leverage better technology. The risk of a breach increased from .0001 percent for most enterprises to .2 percent in a few weeks.”

Those are small percentages. Try to find a legacy manager who knows how to explain why a breach took place. The explanation needs to include assurances it won’t happen again. Even if that’s an unrealistic promise, legacy managers must say it with a straight face.

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