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December 31, 2020

Industry News: Dec. 28-Jan. 1 – Cloud Management, Fixing At-Home Wi-Fi, Expansion of Amazon Wavelength Locations

Ann Carpenter

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we’re covering Navisite’s advice on managing cloud costs, how to fix remote employees’ Wi-Fi problems, the impact of working from home on tech workers, Amazon’s Wavelength Zones expansion into two new cities, managing IT teams remotely, and Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) big year.

Let’s get started…

The pandemic catapulted cloud computing to the forefront of executives’ minds this year, and the challenges of cloud cost management are only expected to intensify in 2021. Peter Berry, Navisite’s CTO of Cloud Technologies, discusses cost management and how organizations can look for opportunities to save based on usage and workloads. Read more about these cost saving tips in ChannelPro here.

Slow Wi-Fi has been a pain point for many remote workers since working from home became the new normal. Yahoo! Life covers this issue and cites Navisite’s recent survey statistics supporting this problem: According to Navisite’s research, prior to the pandemic, just 14% of U.S. companies had more than half of employees working from home, and employees’ poor internet bandwidth is the number one pain point in the new remote work world. Navisite CEO Mark Clayman gives tips for remote workers to create a better work-from-home setup. Dive into these tips here.

Now that many companies have had their employees working from home for nearly 10 months, technology workers seem to be feeling the effects more than others. A survey by Unify Square found that tech workers are more stressed than others. Explore more findings on eWeek here.

AWS announced it set up two new Wavelength Zones in Denver and Seattle. This will allow enterprises to deploy their applications closer to the two cities, resulting in faster travel of packets. This is especially helpful for projects such as the Internet of Things initiatives. Read more about the expansion in Silicon Angle here.

Work-from-home initiatives and hybrid workplaces are likely stretching well into 2021, which means IT leaders need to ensure success managing teams from afar. CIO details strategies for doing so, such as putting IT staff tech needs first, using online collaboration tools wisely, and encouraging employees to continue to grow their careers. Find out more strategies here. AWS had a big year, from the boom of Amazon WorkSpaces to easing on-premises server migration to the cloud. See a roundup of the top 10 AWS news of 2020 in AWS Insider 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.