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Weekly CloudNews: 5 operations every cloud architect should automate

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5 operations every cloud architect should automate

Lee Atchison, InfoWorld, November 28, 2022

“Automation is perhaps the single most significant advantage of using the cloud. Cloud architects thrive in their roles by taking advantage of automation wherever feasible. Automated scaling is the most fundamental and essential to using the cloud. Building a scalable infrastructure is one of the core reasons why people move to the cloud in the first place. Cloud automation enables the provisioning of a fully functional and operational server instance, with all required software and services installed and running, in a matter of minutes.

“Another benefit of automated server provisioning is improved availability. Automating provisioning means that a smaller number of larger servers can be easily replaced with a larger number of smaller servers. Cloud architects should leverage IaC tools to create reliable, secure, and repeatable cloud patterns for infrastructure provisioning. The benefits are difficult to overstate. Automated code deployment pipelines are not unique to the cloud. But given the heavy use of other types of automation, automated code deployments are a natural extension for cloud-enabled applications, and they are heavily relied on by cloud architects. One of the most popular methods of automated code deployment is the CI/CD pipeline. Often overlooked as a type of automation is the automated dynamic scaling that is built into many cloud services.” READ MORE

Implementing Shift Left Security in the Cloud

Arick, Goomanovsky, November 30, 2022

“The boom in cloud-based apps and services and increased digitization of work have been a boon for hackers, who are taking advantage of developers’ and DevOps teams’ attempts to work faster and smarter to keep up with demand. One estimate says that four out of 10 zero-day attacks carried out in the last decade happened in 2021 alone. Developers are stretched and are reusing code, which allows for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities to reappear unexpectedly in different programs, and the use of multiple cloud services fragments security measures and reduces visibility into the code running many enterprise functions. The zero-day surge has led to an increased interest in shift left practices as a way to make security a priority in the development process. Shift left culture brings security into the equation much earlier in the software life cycle, before the software is deployed, rather than patch bugs after users report them.

“Shift left security is a great concept, but runs into hurdles in execution, mainly the internal conflict between development teams who want to move at the speed of business while security staff takes a more cautious approach. privileges. Working out this friction requires a mindset shift, where DevOps understands that security is part of the development process, and management can trust that developers have security in hand. Like zero-trust, shift left is on its way to becoming a standard practice for cybersecurity assurance.” READ MORE

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