Cloud 5: Five cloud myths, Dropbox outage and PaaS winners and losers

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 17, 2014 9:34:00 AM

5 Boro Burger sign, New York CityWelcome to 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, Infographic: SMBs need to prepare for data loss and recovery too. It's easy for SMBs to think of data loss protection and recovery as a big company problem, but it's really something every company regardless of size needs to be considering. 

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Five Myths: Cloud computing a new fact of life, but what exactly is it?| The Kennebec Journal 

Even after all these years, so many folks don't understand the cloud and what it's all about. In a somewhat surprising venue, this writer explains five myths about the cloud and why they're wrong.

PaaS winners and losers, so far, might surprise you | ITworld

Platform as a service remains the least used of the three types of cloud computing with some usage numbers from big vendors only measuring in the tens of thousands. These are brands used to measuring in millions of customers, so these numbers might indeed surprise.

Betting big on IBM’s Watson cloud computing | Dallas Morning News 

It's been several years since IBM Watson burst into the public consciousness. That dog and pony show was really about showing off Watson's amazing artificial intelligence, but IBM has had trouble turning that concept into a profitable product. The next logical step is to take it to the cloud and let people build apps on top of it.

Dropbox messed up OS upgrade, caused two days of downtime | Ars Technica

When cloud service Dropbox went down for two days, it was widely speculated that it was the victim of hackers, but apparently it was a problematic OS upgrade. The question is why Dropbox didn't simply tell us this instead of leaving everyone to speculate.

Challenges For On-premise Vendors Transitioning To SaaS  | CloudAve

When disruption comes, the cloud probably has a role on some level, but this is especially true for traditional on-premise vendors, who recognize they can't simply live with the same approach anymore as companies look to reduce their private data center footprints and turn increasingly to the cloud. But making that transition to the cloud will present challenges to companies used to delivering their products in a more traditional fashion.

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