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, Don't make security a headache. Of course you need security, but when you make it too hard, security gets in the way of productivity and that's not really a great trade-off. And if users seek a work-around, the results could be worse.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The Google Cloud platform has only been out of Beta a short time but it's primed to give Amazon Web Services a run for its money. It could possibly catapult past AWS if it offered some services missing from the AWS menu.
The lines between online services are increasingly becoming blurred. As this writer points out, his own service has always been viewed as software, but over time it's crossing over into platform territory. As this happens with more services, defining these terms becomes more challenging.
The Chromebook, those budget-minded laptops (and PCs) running Chrome OS, are the ultimate cloud machines. If you're using one -and more and more people are - here's a slew of tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience.
Platform as a Service has been getting a bad rap lately, but it offers simplicity for coders, letting them do their jobs while the platform handles all of the other bits. It's an approach that makes a lot of sense for developers and this article explains why you should look past the FUD.
Oracle is the quintessential on-premise data center player, so where does it fit in the cloud? As a company, it sees it needs to transform to compete in a changing market, but does it have the ability to change?
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