Public cloud services spending is predicted to increase by 18.4% in 2021 to a total of $304.9B, up from this year's $275.5B, tech analyst Gartner predicts.Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner, says the pandemic "validated" the cloud's value proposition, with an increasing number of organizations using such services thanks to the shift to remote work.
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SaaS will continue to be the largest market segment and grow 16% from $101.4B to $117.7B in 2021, but PaaS will grow by a higher margin at 26.6% - also because of the shift to virtual work. Gartner predicts PaaS will increase from $43.8M this year to $55.4M in 2021.
The cloud is predicted to make up 14.2% of the total global enterprise IT spending market in 2024, up from 9.1% in 2020.
Nearly 70% of organizations currently using cloud services reported they will increase their cloud spending because of the pandemic.
"As CIOs think more strategically about how to lay the foundations to support a return to growth, it is clear that the move to digital and associated services will play a big role for organizations in the future," Nag said. "Cloud adoption, therefore, becomes a significant means to stay ahead in a post-COVID-19 world focused on agility and digital touchpoints."
AWS Network Firewall, a new managed firewall service for Amazon virtual private clouds (VPC) is now available. The service makes it easier to turn on network protections in all Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads.
The new feature can be enabled in the AWS Console. The service then automatically scales with network traffic to offer high availability protections without the need to set up and manage extra security infrastructure.
The service also makes it possible for users to create highly customizable rules for their entire AWS infrastructure. AWS Network Firewall also integrates with many commonly used APN partner services.
Customers pay only by hours deployed and gigabytes processed.
The ability to get images from the Azure Marketplace or Azure Portal, as well as automatic image maintenance.
Ability to use the Azure Command Line Interface (CLI), as well as the Azure Portal.
Tech support from Azure, Red Hat and SUSE.
Microsoft's Azure Hybrid Benefit program makes it possible for organizations using SQL Server or Windows Server to use their licenses and run that server software in an Azure virtual machine.
The service was previously only offered as a preview feature for Linux.
The new program gets rid of software costs as well, so organizations using existing "pay-as-you-go" subscriptions to Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can continue.
The news comes as Microsoft also holds Kubecon and Open Azure Day virtual events this week.
Startup Deepfence raised $9.5M for its AI-powered cybersecurity platform that protects cloud-native workloads in a round led by AllegisCyber. Altogether, the company has raised $10.5M.
The AI platform defends against threats by measuring and mapping runtime attack surfaces, while also being able to spot and get rid of complex multistage and multivector attacks at runtime.
In addition, it offers developers visibility into network flows, files, processes, and system-level activities.
Early adopters include Flexport, Harness, Autonomic, Automation Anywhere, and Amyris.
The co-founder of Deepfence, Sandeep Lahane, says the startup has seen exceptional growth this year because of the pandemic. "Deepfence has more than doubled its customer base and revenues over the last 5 months, almost entirely due to inbounds from community users who want to upgrade to enterprise versions of our product due to its superior runtime protection capabilities.”
Cast AI (Miami, Fla.), multi-cloud simultaneous app deployment, management, and cost-optimization: $7.7M Seed from TA Ventures, Florida Funders, et al.
Garden (Berlin, Germany), source-based development automation platform for Kubernetes and cloud-native applications: $3.7M Seed led by Crowberry Capital, participation from byFounders, Fly Ventures, System.One, Tiny.vc, Renaud Visage, et al.
AWS and NXP have partnered together to create an edge-to-cloud solution for next-gen connected vehicles. This will make it possible for automakers to add new cloud-powered services to their connected cars.
Google Cloud has released the Transcoder API, which is the first of many video-focused APIs that will help developers create consumer streaming formats, including MPEG-4.
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