April 22, 2022
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Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: how the Big Three cloud providers are celebrating Earth Day while racking up enormous power bills, the CNCF faces a masking quandary, and Softbank might not be ceding control of Arm just yet.
Cybercriminals are exploiting zero-day security holes, or vulnerabilities disclosed to the public before they can be patched, more than ever before. MIT Technology Review reported that organized criminal activity was tied to one-third of attacks exploiting zero-day flaws, which used to be the domain of state-sponsored hackers.
Happy Earth Day! Over the past several years, a mix of investor demand for ESG reporting and consumer advocacy has made the market for sustainability software red hot. In response, enterprise tech companies from Microsoft, SAP and Salesforce to Amazon and Google have all launched some form of sustainability tactics.
And on this Earth Day, the Big Three cloud providers want to remind you they’re on Team Earth, and that all their power-hungry data centers will keep running.
Microsoft reiterated its commitment to make its operations more sustainable by using renewable products in PCs and reducing emissions from data centers.
Amazon said it is going all-in on helping scientific organizations, helping customers mine earth observation data from the atmosphere, land and ocean.
And Google is making climate change information easier to find online.
Cloud providers aren’t necessarily the solution to climate change, but their access to sustainability data and the compute power to use it makes them an important part of the struggle to avert a universal crisis before it is too late.
In a complex technological environment, when a business needs to pivot quickly in reaction to external forces, the “as-a-service” model of delivery for IT hardware, software and services offers companies of all sizes the ultimate flexibility to stay competitive with a scalable, cloud-like consumption model and predictable payment options for hardware and service inclusions.
In the wake of widespread demasking in the U.S. following a ruling from a Florida judge striking down the Biden administration’s attempt to extend a federal mask mandate, local and national organizations left and right have been relaxing their own guidelines. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s decision to remove, and then reimpose, its own mandate for the upcoming KubeCon Europe event in Valencia, Spain caused a stir Friday within enterprise tech.
Pulumi’s Kat Cosgrove probably summed it up best: “Dropping the mask requirement just weeks before your event, after people have spent thousands on flights and hotels, is hot garbage. This decision is not in line with our values as an inclusive community,” Cosgrove tweeted Friday, underscoring the rocky transition back to pre-COVID times that companies are trying to navigate just as a new surge in cases begins in the U.S.
CNCF Executive Director Priyanka Sharma acknowledged the feedback, and Friday afternoon the organization announced that it would “be reinstating the mask mandate at KubeCon and CloudNativeCon Europe” due to “community concern.” The event kicks off May 16th.
Softbank plans on retaining a controlling stake in Arm after its upcoming IPO, according to Bloomberg, which would raise lots of questions should it come to pass.
SAP reported an 11% increase in quarterly revenue, which beat analyst expectations despite a hit to its bottom line from its exit of the Russian software market.
Lenovo’s broad portfolio of end-to-end solutions provide organizations with the breadth and depth of services that empower CIOs to leverage new IT to achieve their strategic outcomes. Organizations also have the flexibility to scale and invest in new technology solutions as they need them.
Thanks for reading — see you Monday!