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In recent years, more and more popular use of cloud technology. They are used in business processes, web hosting, telecommunications services, in software development and testing, for private use and much more. The main advantage of using cloud technologies and the reason for their ubiquitous distribution is the lack of the need to have a powerful computing system for the end user, which unambiguously leads to a significant cost reduction for business or ordinary end users. In addition, the cloud services provider takes care of the work of the system and applications, provides technical support to users, installs updates on its own and upgrades the computing servers and storage servers. Thus, the user is less concerned with technical issues related to the operation of the system and he can focus on his goals.
As part of the cloud infrastructure, cloud storages can be distinguished.
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When in the distant 2001 the VMware ESXi hypervisor appeared on the market, a virtual revolution started that began the end of the era of personal computers with the programs installed on them. This event opened a new era in the development of computers and software – client-server technologies and cloud computing technologies.
No one should be surprised at this point if we mention that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the main cloud provider in the market, they were and still are one of the main innovators and precursors of cloud services. It’s not going to be a surprise either if we tell you the Microsoft Azure is in second place and growing, but it may surprise you how much Google Cloud is actually growing and that Alibaba Cloud was the second largest growth year-over-year.
Microsoft is continuously releasing new features and options available in their public Azure version, the initial state is usually the “preview” of this feature, which after a period and final touches transforms into General Availability (GA). Within the last couple of weeks, Microsoft released two new features in these two different stages: Adaptive Applications Controls as a public preview and Azure App Service Diagnostics as general availability. These new features come with great benefits for organizations relying on Azure to host critical applications.
Amazon recently announced a new addition to their current offerings, specifically around regions and confidentiality: AWS Secret Region. The AWS Secret Region can operate workloads, contain data and other functionalities using the Secret U.S. security classification level. The AWS Secret Region is available to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) through the IC’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS.
It should not be any big surprise for anyone that security improvements, new security features and products are a top priority for most cloud providers. The huge financial impact the latest security breaches are generating within the market are highly noticeable, therefore the distrust from customers around cloud services are rising. Microsoft just announced the concept of Confidential Computing, a concept to allow encryption of data while in use.