David Linthicum

The real value of continuous security scanning for cloud-based workloads

These days cloud application developers are also security engineers. Who did not see this coming, given that application-level security is no longer an option? Also, we are pushing developers to build applications at scale, meaning they are becoming ops engineers and database engineers as well as security engineers, which is scary. The fact that most …

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What's the real value of multicloud redundancy?

I’ve been hearing the arguments about the use of multicloud: best-of-breed cloud services, cost performance optimization, and, of course, redundancy by leveraging more than a single cloud provider brand. Businesses are using one cloud as a primary and a second cloud as a hot standby. Most are assuming that there will be a major outage …

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The lack of cloud skills is hindering cloud progress

It’s not really news anymore. Gartner recently stated that the current lack of skilled IT workers is foiling the adoption of cloud, edge computing, and other technologies. Note, these are all cloud related in one way or another. In its “2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap” based on surveys of 437 global firms, Gartner discovered that IT …

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The lines between private data centers and public clouds are blurring

Remember when there was a distinct difference between public clouds and systems you could see and touch in your data center? This is no longer the case. The lines are blurring between traditional systems, meaning hardware and software purchased or licensed for millions of dollars in sunk costs to sit in your own physical data …

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Cloud security and architecture teams need to communicate better

In doing postmortems on breaches of applications and data sets in the cloud, problems are often traced back to communication. Frequently, it’s not issues with computer-to-computer communication, but communications with the humans designing the cloud-based systems and those who are charged with its security. The applications using modern mechanisms such as containers, Kubernetes, and microservices …

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When a cloud provider retires a service you’re using

Over the years I’ve had a few friends and clients reach out to me, unhappy about some public cloud services being removed, either from a name-brand cloud provider or secondary players. At times, entire clouds were being shut down. The cloud providers typically give plenty of notice (sometimes years), calling the service “legacy” or “classic” …

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Architects are focused on the wrong end of multicloud

Good multicloud architects are hard to find. Most of those calling themselves multicloud architects really just specialized in a single hyperscaler and found that things turned multicloud quickly, so they did as well. It’s called “multicloud washing.” Creating the right multicloud solution, one that is nearly fully optimized, requires that you focus more on what’s …

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