Brent Piatti, vCORE Cloud Technical Director| April 21, 2020
What a wild ride 2020 has been, in particular March and April. More than 30 days in “isolation,” not traveling, and generally appreciating the simpler things in life … like the Tiger King.
What isn’t simple, however, is how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact people and industries, as a whole, in the long run. I am thankful that the technology sector, and IT in particular, is one that has been impacted less than my brothers and sisters in hospitality and services. That said, we’re not immune to the downturn either.
According to IDC, worldwide IT spending is now expected to decline 2.7% in 2020, with a majority in devices (PCs, tablets, mobile phones, and peripherals) taking an 8.8% haircut.
Interestingly, infrastructure spending (including public cloud) will increase by 5.3%, and all of this growth will come from enterprise spending on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and cloud provider spending on servers.
I’m doubtful that growth of the public cloud is a surprise. In fact, many of my conversations over the past couple months have been around spinning up IaaS and VDI solutions on AWS, Azure, and VMware Cloud on AWS to support the influx of remote workers and increase in online business transactions while facilitating flexibility in a time of uncertainly.
That said, public cloud is no panacea. I’m not here to tell you “don’t do it,” but I’m here advocating that you do it smartly, safely, and in compliance with your industry. Let’s talk about that. How many of these are you bound to or aspire to be compliant with:
When you move spin up those public cloud resources, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I in compliance with required regulatory frameworks across all my clouds?
- Am I in compliance with the AWS Well-Architected Framework?
- What if I make a change to something, will I still be in compliance?
- If something does go wrong, do I know how to fix it?
- How would my ticketing system and IT Technicians be notified of a problem?
- Is the remediation automated?
If you are struggling to answer any of those questions, you are not alone and vCORE can help.
With vCORE’s Cloud Compliance as a Service, our AWS, Azure, and GCP certified architects can use a tools-based approach to provide you a one-time assessment or ongoing managed services to ensure you get a dashboard showing how compliant you are, real-time compliance change management, and a path to remediation if something isn’t in compliance.
Some of the things you can expect to see from an assessment are:
- Consolidated view of all public cloud accounts on a single sign-on dashboard with continuous audit scores
- Compliance reports against NIST, HIPAA, GDPR, CIS, PCI-DSS, APRA and AWS Well-Architected Framework
- Step-by-step remediation rules, actionable by any engineer
If you have questions and/or want to see a demo, please reach out here.
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