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Top 10 CMI Articles From 2020 That Should Be On Your Reading List


We are now entering the second week of 2021, leaving 2020 — the year of challenges — behind, hoping 2021 will hold more stability for the world. While 2020 did end on a slightly hopeful note as vaccines for COVID-19 started rolling out in some parts of the world, businesses are still figuring out strategies for 2021. Cloud services are present at the center of these strategies as they have helped businesses find novel approaches to stay operational in these times. So, what better way to kick off the year than read the top 10 articles on CMI from 2020? Let’s get started. 

What are Cloud APIs and Why Do Businesses Need Them? 

Cloud APIs have been rapidly gaining popularity as they provide the unique capability of communication between service provider and application without revealing the implementation part. Cloud APIs vastly help companies ensure the interoperability of applications in a complex cloud environment. Other than this, superior API usage also facilitates quicker development of applications, saving huge amounts of time and money. This article explains the functions of Cloud APIs and why businesses are rapidly adopting them.  

Can Hybrid Cloud Address Data Localization Challenges Amid COVID-19? 

Data localization was one of the popular topics of debate in 2019, and the onslaught of the global pandemic only stoked the debate’s fire. Caught amid the fire were multi-national businesses using cloud services for maximum productivity. The wave of protectionism brought about by COVID-19 is not going to fizzle out any time soon. So, are cloud providers ready to embrace the challenge, and will hybrid cloud prove to be the solution to data localization challenges? Read the article to find out the same. 

Cloud Executive Demand Surges by 224 Percent Amid COVID-19 

We have covered in extensive detail how cloud services have helped businesses tide through the challenge of COVID-19. Resultantly, the rapid adoption of cloud services has led to the great growth of the cloud market. This growth has also brought forth the need for experienced cloud executives. This article explores how the demand for cloud executives has shot up by a whopping 224 percent due to the challenges presented by COVID-19. 

Cloud Service Providers Moving To Custom Hardware? Here’s Everything You Need To Know 

Processing and hardware tech has been progressing at unexpected speeds. However, what happens when the demand from cloud services outpaces the technology in the market. What happens when Moore’s Law holds no relevance for an industry that is growing rapidly? This article addresses the same questions and explores how cloud services providers are now looking toward custom hardware to fulfill their unique demands. 

Cloud Security Vulnerabilities Present in 93% of Deployments: Study 

Security has been a lingering concern for enterprises when it comes to adopting cloud services. However, cloud technology is constantly improving and bolstering its security. Nonetheless, a recent survey highlighted how misconfiguration alone is responsible for security vulnerabilities in 93 percent of cloud deployment. Cloud security always was and will be a shared responsibility between the provider and the user. This article explores details of the findings brought out by the said study. 

COVID-19 Impact; Cloud Investment Favored by 83% IT Leaders: Survey 

The global pandemic has impacted businesses in a significant manner, with some industries being hit harder than others. Overall, all businesses have seen budget cuts across departments, and IT expenses have been no exception. However, cloud investment has witnessed significant growth despite shrinking IT budgets as more and more IT decisions makers favor cloud investments over other IT expenses. This article discusses how a recent survey points out that even the industries hardest hit by COVID-19 are ready to invest in cloud services to secure a stable future.   

Public Cloud Market Hits All-Time High in 2019, Now a $233.4 Billion Industry: IDC 

Yes, the year 2020 was a challenging one for all industries, more so for some than the others. However, the public cloud industry saw growth figures hit all-time high amid the pandemic, with future growth stats projected to stay on a positive course. This growth can largely be credited to the novel solutions that public cloud providers brought out for industries suffering due to the pandemic. This article details the positive growth witnessed by the public cloud industry.   

Cloud Computing Industry Tackles COVID-19, a Challenge or Opportunity? 

With the end of 2020, we can use the limitless power of hindsight to state how the cloud industry was bound to grow amid the pandemic. However, this was not the case toward the end of 2020’s Q3 when stay at home orders had people locked in their residences, and businesses all over were reporting shrinking stats. This article discusses how the cloud industry needs to approach the pandemic from multiple points of view so as to maintain the momentum of growth amid trying times.   

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Cloud Industry? Here’s What the Numbers Say 

The broader strokes state that the cloud industry has witnessed an upswing during the global pandemic. However, as they say, the devil is in details. While there may be no devils present in the details of the cloud industry’s growth, it does warrant a closer look. This article looks at the fine print of the cloud industry’s growth trajectory to bring out insights one can take away. 

Microsoft Focuses on Cloud Services for Foreign Governments; JEDI Contract Effect? 

The much-reported JEDI contract has highlighted how governments all over the world are rapidly embracing cloud services for efficient governance. Noticing the trend, public cloud providers are locked in a race to secure government cloud contracts. After the JEDI contract victory, Microsoft seems to be focusing greatly on government cloud contracts. This article explores the steps being taken by Microsoft to stay ahead of rivals in the market and gain a stronghold in the government cloud contracts arena. 


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