Clouds need containers, and Containers-as-a-Service smooths the way

Containers are well regarded for the flexibility they add to application development and deployment, especially when it comes to moving application workloads between clouds, between clouds and on-premises systems, or even from one on-premises system to another. However, effectively building a complex containerized environment still takes skills and experience. Enter Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS), a variation of Platform-as-a-Service that has been around as a concept for a few years, and lately is being embraced in a big way to speed up container adoption.

So, is CaaS just another “as-a-Service” term from vendors intended to confuse the market and wrap their offerings in some glorious-sounding “aaSy” package? Or is there more to it? 

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The data suggests CaaS may be serving a righteous purpose. The latest survey of 750 IT executives from Flexera’s 2020 State of the Cloud Report (originally launched by Rightscale), finds a majority of cloud adopters, 53

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UK NCSC to stop using ‘whitelist’ and ‘blacklist’ due to racial stereotyping

The UK government’s cyber-security agency said this week it would stop using “whitelist” and “blacklist” due to stigma and racial stereotyping surrounding the two terms.

Instead, the UK National Cyber Security Centre said that going forward, it would use the terms “allow list” and “deny list” instead of the two.

“It’s fairly common to say whitelisting and blacklisting to describe desirable and undesirable things in cyber security,” said Emma W., Head of Advice and Guidance at the NCSC.

“However, there’s an issue with the terminology. It only makes sense if you equate white with ‘good, permitted, safe’ and black with ‘bad, dangerous, forbidden’. There are some obvious problems with this,” she added.

“So in the name of helping to stamp out racism in cyber security, we will avoid this casually pejorative wording on our website in the future.”

The NCSC exec said the agency decided to stop using the two

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No going back to packed workplaces after Covid-19

Barclays Bank and IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have both publicly stated that their working practices will change permanently after the Covid-19 pandemic has passed.

Millions of workers across the world are currently operating from home as governments attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus through lockdowns, but this could become the norm.

Today, most office workers are used to using videoconferencing technology such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. They weren’t a few weeks ago, but lockdown has forced it upon them, with managers seeking quick fixes for remote working. 

Stanton Jones, director and principal analyst at ISG, recently said that organisations will have to be able to “engage customers and employees in both physical and digital worlds, and the ability to switch between them seamlessly as conditions warrant.”

Beyond Zoom

It goes way beyond enabling online face-to-face meetings, and even that requires significant work to make

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