August 2023 Cloud Forecast

Written by Eric Sanders

August 23, 2023

Security Alert: 95% of ransomware attacks include attempts to infect backups!

Legacy backup technologies are highly vulnerable to ransomware attacks and attractive targets for attackers. According to one cyber security survey, 95% of ransomware attacks include attempts to infect backups. Using the wrong backup technology to protect your data puts your business at risk. Fortunately, SaaS-based backup addresses the legacy backup vulnerabilities that attackers exploit.

Backups are the last line of defense and provide the means to recover after ransomware hits. As more ransomware variants are targeting under-protected backups, how can you determine if your data protection solution leaves you vulnerable to ransom demands?

Ask eCloud – We have less than one hour resolution for management against these threats and back actors. Don’t rely on tedious, manual processes to secure your data. Feel safe with a managed security service strategy to tackle the vulnerabilities that attackers exploit.


Alarming and unusual weather has been popping into the news. Palm Springs and Coachella Valley – “it doesn’t take much of the wet stuff for things to go from normal to chaos.” Hurricane Season is here. They are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30th each year.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has increased its 2023 Atlantic hurricane season from “near normal” to “above normal.” NOAA is raising the number of named hurricanes to be 6 to 11 and 2-5 which could be major hurricanes. Over a typical 2-year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of 3 hurricanes, 1 of which is classified as a major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater).  Hurricanes are not hitting only their typical locations, making these weather systems something all of us need to be aware of today. By having a consultation with eCloud and having them perform a free diagnostic check for vulnerabilities your company can learn about what cloud actions to take before the hurricane season begins so you can increase your company’s resiliency and survival.   

Hurricane season has started, and the #NOAA predicts a “above” normal season and here is the breakdown. Do you have a #disasterrecovery plan? Do you know your #RTO and #RPO requirements?

If you don’t have a plan and need guidance on your disaster recovery plan or developing requirements for RPO and RTO, please contact us.  

Please review our Punta Gorda Airport case study and how our disaster recovery plan was executed flawlessly, and how they were the first airport on the west coast of Florida up and operational post #hurricaneian, which was a #category4 hurricane. Here is some great content and links for Disaster Recovery for the July newsletter:
Amazing visualization of Resilient Three-Tier Architecture on AWS with cross-region replication.

💡 “Everything fails, all the time” make sure you design your applications following best practices.

Additional Resources

🔸 Whitepaper disaster recovery options:

🔸 Detailed blog post on implementing resilient architecture:

National Hurricane Center:

eCloud Events

This month you will find eCloud researching, learning, and presenting in Utah!

37th Annual Small Satellite Conference: Meet eCloud’s John Stewart August 5-10, 2023, at the Small Satellite Conference, exploring future missions and delving into critical technological drivers, operational constructs, and activities that inform and secure the success of small satellite missions at scale. Keynote Speaker Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

16th Annual ISAC Meeting: August 6-9, 2023. 2023 Hear from cybersecurity experts and learn about the latest methods and tools to defend against cyber-attacks – today and into the future. Salt Lake City, Utah “United and Protecting as One.” Reach out to Shelly Vanausdoll and John Stewart from eCloud.

eCloud Managed Solutions achieves the coveted AWS Migration Competency!

eCloud successfully proved to AWS senior engineers and migration experts that our approach, expertise, and tools used to seamlessly migrate clients to AWS from anywhere, have met the AWS requirements to obtain the Migration Competency. AWS and AWS partners alike will tell you this is the hardest AWS competency to achieve. Great job team!

Migration – Move or Clone is the Question Choosing the right migration method is crucial for a successful and risk-free transition. Migrations that involve a Move method pose more significant risks to businesses compared to those utilizing the Clone method. Cloning workloads from source to target provides a safer and more predictable migration experience. By allowing testing and validation before the cutover event, Application Owners can ensure their applications function as expected in the new environment. By prioritizing safety and predictability, organizations can achieve seamless and efficient workload migrations. When looking for the safer option, Migrate and optimize your workloads to any public, private, or hybrid cloud at scale, speed, and certainty with eCloud benefit from our unique Multi-Cloud, Multi-Platform workload mobility and cost-saving optimization capabilities. Talk to an eCloud Advisor today and let us help you move your Workloads in minutes, not days, weeks, or even years. #migrationcompetency #apnproud #awspartner #cloudmigration

Inside eCloud Merging with Optimum Health IT 

Synergy … Healthcare data analytics is a powerful and transformative field that leverages advanced technology and statistical techniques to analyze vast amounts of health-related information.  By scrutinizing electronic health records, patient demographics, medical imaging, and various other data sources, healthcare professionals can identify trends, patterns, and insights to enhance patient outcomes, streamline operations, and improve overall healthcare quality. Data analytics in healthcare enables more accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans, aids in predicting disease outbreaks, and helps optimize resource allocation and cost management. Moreover, it plays a pivotal role in supporting evidence-based decision-making for healthcare policymakers and administrators.  As data continues to grow in volume and complexity, the integration of data analytics in healthcare promises to revolutionize the industry, fostering a future where data-driven insights drive innovation, efficiency, and better patient care.   

eCloud keeps growing… Welcome Josh Drake, Carlos Merlos, and Katherine Ruud!  

Josh Drake: lives in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area. Attended University of Oklahoma and is eCloud’s: Cloud Solutions, SysOps, and Director of Managed Services 

Carlos Merlos – Sales Manager for Demand Gen, Campaign, and Revenue Growth Management

Katherine Ruud – lives in the Minneapolis, MN area and received her master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Kat is a Senior Cloud Architect and DevOps Engineer and will be working on client migrations, and buildouts and leveraging her infrastructure as code expertise for well architected framework deployments. 

What is MSSP Level 1 status, and how does that benefit your company?

AWS Level 1 MSSP Competency Partners provide 24×7 fully managed security services uniquely designed in collaboration with AWS security experts to protect, monitor, and respond to security events of AWS environments. eCloud has also developed a security scanning script that identifies vulnerabilities in an existing AWS deployment by severity and maps the remediation to an AWS security service. This solution is in full alignment with the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

Today’s security operations center (SOC) has to mitigate emerging and evolving cyber threats but often lacks the vitality needed for security staff and resources. Security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) automate workflows, making them more efficient, and less reliant on personnel-intensive manual processes.
Do you want a FREE SECURITY CONSULTATION on better securing your AWS environment? Contact eCloud Today!

Promotion: A Fixed Migration Fee– As a trusted premier advisor your cost will be PREDICTABLE. You know what you will pay before you begin – taking out any risk to the customer. eCloud has helped hundreds of businesses move to the cloud: evolving their legacy, accelerating scale, and on an average of 34% cost reduction. Let us help your organization!
Want to learn more about our FIXED MIGRATION FEE and capabilities? Contact [email protected] to set up a meeting.

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eCloud dramatically simplifies backup and recovery by consolidating multiple point products on a single software-defined platform that spans from on-premises to enterprise edge, and to the public cloud. Architected on web-scale principles, eCloud can natively run in the public cloud and offers comprehensive protection against ransomware.  We future-proof our backup and recovery strategy whether you’re on-premise, hybrid, or fully in the public cloud.

Typically, eCloud helps customers reduce their TCO by 50 to 70% with our proven solutions.

Author: Eric Sanders, Managing Partner


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