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The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing News Articles Of 2018

High-profile acquisitions, prominent executive moves, and efforts to win clients led many cloud providers to take the gloves off in their ongoing battle for market supremacy.

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3. Spectre/Meltdown Fallout

The year started in crisis mode as enterprise tech vendors collectively revealed to the public what they had known for months—ubiquitous Intel micro-processors had ingrained vulnerabilities that made possible side-channel attacks.

The two attack variants, taking the names of Spectre and Meltdown, were addressed soon after their public reveals with patches issued by almost every hardware, software and cloud services vendor.

But as fear of penetration subsided, another question stoked more concern—what was the extent of performance degradation that those tapestries of patches would cause?

Cloud providers didn't have precise answers, as the interplay of software and firmware workarounds across bare-metal, virtualized and containerized environments proved an extremely complicated puzzle.

Solution providers braced their customers for some workloads to be degraded by up to 30 percent.

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