Welcome 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, Gmail outage was much ado about nothing. Twitter blew up last Friday afternoon when Gmail, Google + and Google Calendar went down briefly, but it turned out to be just a temporary glitch and it was back up and running in about a half hour or so.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
It seems after all these years, cloud providers wouldn't have to answer the same old tired arguments about it, but sadly they do. This writer calls this level of denial a kind of insanity that seems to envelop some organizations.
20 cloud computing statistics every CIO should know | SiliconANGLE
If you want proof that the cloud isn't going away, check out these 20 statistics, which will show you the extent to which cloud computing has infiltrated business of every size. It's one thing to have an opinion, but when you can back it up with data, it's harder to refute.
Why the Cloud Battle is Already Won | Business 2 Community
While there may be folks out there who continue to cling to their ant-cloud delusions, at least one writer says it's time to lay down your arms and admit the truth that the cloud battle is over and the cloud won.
Google Responds to Massive Gmail Outage | Mashable
As we wrote this week, Google had a massive if short-lived outage last week, but they responded candidly, acknowledged the issue and explained what happened after it was over. Their reaction is a blueprint for all cloud vendors on how to react to outages.
How & Why Cloud Security Will Empower Users | InformationWeek
In spite of the growing popularity of cloud computing, one constant remains in organizations and that's security. This video looks at cloud security and how having a strong plan in place empowers users to do their work without worry.
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