Cloud Technology News of the Month: June 2021

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We can’t believe the first half of 2021 is already over. Lots of interesting things have happened in the cloud space so far – but surely, there’s more to come.

So, here’s another portion of fresh cloud technology news! This series brings you up to speed with the latest releases, acquisitions, research, and hidden gems in the world of cloud computing – the stuff actually worth reading. 

Here’s what the cloud world has been up to in June 2021.

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Story of the month: AWS is on fire

On June 10, an availability zone in the AWS EU-Central region experienced a major outage (EUC_AZ-1). 

At first, the breakdown caused connectivity issues for some EC2 instances. It then increased API error rates and latencies for the EC2 APIs and resulted in some further connectivity problems “caused by an increase in ambient temperature.” 

At some point, temperatures fell but engineers still couldn’t enter the affected part of the AZ for safety reasons. Three hours after the breakdown, services were restored.

So, what exactly made this data center dangerous to enter? The most recent update from AWS showed that the incident was caused by the “failure of a control system which disabled multiple air handlers in the affected Availability Zone,” leading to a larger number of EC2 instances in this AZ to lose network connectivity.

Why risk going down when you can save your workloads using another provider? This and many other incidents that happened over the last months show the pressing need for companies to invest in a multi cloud strategy. 

Source: The Register

recent cloud outages AWS Google Azure

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The Business of Cloud

Here’s one interesting acquisition: the tax and auditing giant Deloitte got its hands on the cloud security orchestration provider CloudQuest. This is the company’s second security-related acquisition this year as Deloitte clearly aims to enhance its cybersecurity offering to help its customers in areas like CSPM and SOAR.

Source: ZDNet

A big win for Microsoft – AT&T is moving its 5G cloud network to Azure. Following a 5G partnership initiated in 2019, this deal paves the way to Microsoft eventually handling all of the wireless carrier’s 5G traffic, starting with the core software that connects customers to the internet.

Source: Bloomberg

Chips are still hot on the market. One of the largest chip manufacturers Broadcom shared an impressive forecast for quarterly sales driven by the growing demand for chips used in data centers and beyond. Its revenue in Q3 is set to reach a smashing $6.75 billion

Source: Yahoo!

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New in CAST AI

Now available publicly: GKE Analyzer

GKE cost optimization

GKE Analyzer goes through your cluster costs, pinpoints any potential savings you could achieve, and then tells you how to get there. If you’re a GKE user, connect your cluster, get your self-served savings report and start optimizing your cloud costs.

Here are some new product features hot off the press:  

  • CAST AI now supports Organizations! Multiple team members from a company can now join CAST AI, create an organization inside our console, and collaboratively manage K8s clusters.
  • The connected AWS (EKS and kOps) clusters can now be paused and resumed as easily as the clusters created in CAST AI. Functionality to pause and resume on a pre-set schedule is coming soon as well.
  • The node list is now accessible as soon as the cluster is connected. You no longer need an onboard cluster to access this functionality.
  • Clusters that were onboarded to CAST AI can now be disconnected via the UI, users can delete or leave CAST AI-created nodes.

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