read the headlines from public cloud price cuts to securityI’m sure you all have had a busy first week of December — and likely not much time to keep up with the headlines. That’s why we put together a quick Friday afternoon summary of a few IT and cloud articles we passed around the office this week.

The Headline: The new IT mindset should be all about the business

From: Bob Plankers at TechTarget

TL;DR: Though IT folks are inclined to stay wrapped up in technical issues, if they do this, the business will move on without them.

Key Quote: “[I’ve] acted like a high priest of IT, holding the business hostage if I didn’t like something that was going on. But it’s become obvious that the IT mindset needs to change.”

The ParkMyCloud Take:  Project management certification and the ability to gather requirements aren’t just bullets for your resume — they’re what will keep you relevant, engaged, and in touch with my coworkers. Aim to impress and understand.


The Headline: Google, Amazon Price Cuts Seen Squeezing IBM and VMware in 2016

From: Gerrit De Vynck at BloombergBusiness

TL;DR: Next year, look out for not only price cuts in the major public cloud providers, but also mergers and acquisitions of security and data analytics companies.

Key Quote:As legacy technology companies find it harder to compete with the dominant players in data-storage services, there may be more acquisitions of security and data-analytics companies.”

The ParkMyCloud Take: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are always going to drop their prices — the differentiation is going to come in security. Data analytics sounds appealing, but isn’t practical until you can take action (hint, hint — that’s where parking comes in).


The Headline: AWS cloud access control falls on IT’s shoulders

From: Alan R. Earls at TechTarget’s SearchAWS

TL;DR: AWS provides tools for security, such as the AWS Web Application Firewall, Access Control Lists, the AWS Key Management Service, and AWS Identity and Access Management — however, IT needs to take the lead to put roles and access in place.

Key Quote: “While AWS provides tools, admins need to do the legwork.”

The ParkMyCloud take: We hear what you’re saying — IAM roles are essential for many companies using AWS, which is why we’re adding IAM role support to ParkMyCloud, coming in January. Stay tuned!
Have a great weekend!

About Katy Stalcup

Katy Stalcup is the Director of Marketing for ParkMyCloud, where she’s responsible for a wide variety of content development, campaigns, and events. Since ParkMyCloud's founding, she's evangelized its message of simple cost savings and automation (seriously, in the words of one of our customers, "There is literally no reason not to use ParkMyCloud"). Katy is a Northern Virginia native who is happy to contribute to the region’s growing reputation as an East Coast gathering point for technology innovation - particularly as a graduate of the Alexandria, VA Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and psychology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing strategy board games, and travel both near and far.