Welcome to our first installment of the Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.
Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, As Chromebook sale soar, the debate roars about who it hurts. NPD released some Chromebook sales numbers recently and it started a debate about whether Chromebook sales were hurting Apple or Microsoft more - or even if it was accurate data. But regardless, people buy the devices that suit their needs and Chromebooks fill a valuable need for people looking for a low cost device running cloud services.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
When Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen defined disruptive innovation in his 1997 seminal book Innovator's Dilemma, he probably couldn't have imagined that one of the most disruptive technology forces in the history of business was waiting just around the corner. But the cloud has disrupted just about everything and this article explains why.
The Pre-History of Software as a Service - SmartBear
It's easy to forget now in a time when just about everyone is using some software as a service, but we tried a similar model over a decade ago called Application Service Providers (ASP), and it fell flat on its face, as a concept that was simply ahead of its time. The development of mobile devices created a market for these services and changed all that, but in the days before smartphones and tablets, it was hard to see the upside.
Imagine being an Oracle shop and you need to buy a couple of hours worth of cloud cycles to run your database or Oracle middleware. Now you can do that, as Verizon is offering this ability to Oracle customers and they can use their existing licenses to do it. As the author points out, AWS already offers such a service, but this is fairly granular billing.
What's coming for the cloud in 2014? Well it wouldn't be January if we didn't have some predictions for the coming year, and this article examines what's coming as cloud service providers look for ways to fight for you business.
Downtime Report: Top Ten Outages in 2013 - IT Business Edge
One other right of yearly passage is looking back the previous year, and this list looks at the top cloud outages for last year. It's not a list that any cloud vendor would want to be on, but outages are part of any computing environment whether you're a cloud vendor or you control your own data center.
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