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August 7, 2020

Industry News: August 3-7 – Cloud Spending Soars, Investments in Cybersecurity and Microsoft’s Recycled Hardware

Ann Carpenter

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we’re covering an impressive quarter for cloud spending, IT executives eyeing automation, hackers getting aggressive, how cybersecurity spending may be curbing cyberattacks and Microsoft’s plan to reuse and recycle data center hardware.

Let’s get started…

Despite the pandemic, cloud spending is growing. Two new reports indicate that spending on cloud infrastructure for Q2 rocketed to more than $30 billion. And the spending spree isn’t done yet, with one report predicting the cloud market to grow over 30% by year’s end. Read more about the strong year for the cloud in AWSInsider.net here.

Following a massive shift to remote work, IT infrastructures are becoming harder to control. One survey of IT executives found that 80% believe things are getting more complex by the day. The solution? Investments in automation. CIO Dive explains here.

Hackers have increasingly been taking advantage of security vulnerabilities this year. A VMware Carbon Black sruvey of security and consulting firms about the impact of the coronavirus uncovered just how destructive and aggressive hackers are becoming. Learn about the nature of these attacks and what can be done to keep threat actors out in this TechRepublic article here.

The good news is that IT leaders are not sitting idle when it comes to security. As hackers get more aggressive, organizations are stepping up their defenses. New research indicates that cyberattacks have actually decreased as a cause of data loss, down 4% from last year. Learn how investment in cybersecurity spending is keeping the bad guys out here.

Microsoft is working to reduce waste at its data centers across the globe. That’s why they’re testing out Microsoft Circular Centers, sites where outdated servers and other hardware can be examined and potentially repurposed. Data Center Dynamics takes a closer look at their plans to become a zero-waste company here.

About Ann Carpenter

Ann is the head of demand generation and blogger at Navisite with more than 10 years of experience working, writing and developing content for technology companies while living in the U.S. and in countries around the world. She currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and newborn son.