Inside Cloud - February 11th, 2020

Inside Cloud (Feb 11th, 2020)

Nerdio raises $8M / Fiserv partners with SAP / The Army marches to the cloud

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1. Nerdio, a startup that helps companies make the transition to Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, Azure, announced today that it had raised $8 million. Nerdio is hoping to follow the estimated $500 billion that will be spent on cloud computing by 2023, according to research firm International Data Corp. "Public cloud adoption is on the rise. It's not slowing down anytime soon," said Nerdio CEO Vadim Vladimirskiy. – CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS


2. Fintech firm Fiserv announced Monday that it is partnering with SAP to help worldwide B2B companies streamline payments and increase working capital. By integrating the companies' cloud-based enterprise payments app SnapPay (Finserv) and the SAP digital payments, the partnership aims to offer B2B firms a streamlined platform to bring digital payments to their customers. "Improving working capital is a top priority for most businesses," said Suhas Gosavi, senior vice president of B2B payments and eCommerce at Fiserv. "To meet that need, we innovated on our existing SnapPay integration with SAP solutions to make it even easier for clients to access payment services, reduce days sales outstanding and automate back-office processes." – PYMNTS

A version of this story appeared in today's Inside Sales newsletter. 

3. The need to provide data to military decision-makers on the ground across the world is driving the Army's cloud adoption strategy, defense leaders said at a meeting on IT practices. "We truly believe (data) is the ammunition of the future fight. You can argue that when you look at the National Defense Strategy – It's the currency that we're going to need to fight and win in this era of great power competition," said Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the Army's chief information officer, speaking Monday at the cloud and data colloquium in McLean, Va. The Pentagon has created a new cross-functional team for what's known as Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) that aims to encourage the services to develop interoperable systems that can communicate with one another. Officials at the colloquium said the plan is to move slowly by building foundations and eventually adding services such as the cloud. – C4IRSNET

4. Security experts are warning again about the potential for data exposure and theft from cloud misconfigurations, this time on the popular Docker container management platform. Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 research group discovered misconfigurations in Docker registries’ network access controls, leaving many of Docker's clients – and as many as 3,000 apps – exposed to the potential for data breaches or malicious attacks. The Unit 42 group found 941 Docker registries exposed to the internet and 117 registries accessible without authentication. There were 2,956 repositories and 15,887 tags in these registries, meaning effectively that nearly 3,000 applications and almost 16,000 unique versions of these were exposed. – INFOSECURITY


5. One of the most valuable domains in the cloud technology space is available for sale. Andrew Miller, president at ATM Holdings, is brokering the sale of, which is expected to fetch seven figures. The seller, an unnamed senior technology executive, has owned the domain since the 1990s and "had a very hard time deciding whether to let it go," according to Miller. “(Onecloud) is a pretty powerful name for someone to take on at the beginning, or rebrand to as well, even if they’re not a product yet,” Miller told CloudTech. “I see being a case study in two years." – CLOUDTECH

6. Tencent, the largest internet company in Asia, has gained a vital security certification in Singapore for its cloud product. The move to achieve the stringent Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard (MTCS SS) indicates Tencent Cloud's plans to expand across Asia. “The acquisition of the highest-level MTCS SS security standard demonstrates how Tencent Cloud continues to establish itself as one of the world’s leading industry players, having helped Tencent move from fifth to fourth place in the Asia-Pacific cloud vendor rankings through landmark projects and solutions,” Poshu Yeung, vice-president of Tencent International Business Group, said in a statement today. Tencent operates in 25 regions and 53 availability zones worldwide. – COMPUTER WEEKLY 

7. Top cloud jobs:
Sales Strategy and Operations Manager, Google Cloud
Private Cloud Director, Ally
IT Infrastructure Cloud Manager, Michelin
Director of Product Management, Employee Cloud, Toast

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Edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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