Cloud 5: Netflix's cloud-connected brain, 5 cloud myths and from cloud to fog

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 21, 2014 8:58:00 AM

Five in FranceWelcome 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, Chromebook plus VMware could equal big cloud win. Last week Google and VMware made a deal to run Windows software in a Desktop as a Service scenario on Google Chromebooks, a move which could make the devices more palatable to cloud-averse IT executives. Think of it as a baby step to the cloud.

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

5 myths of cloud computing | The Next Web

It's clear that cloud offers many benefits, but it's not a panacea for all of the problems facing your IT organization. You just have to understand what you can get from cloud services and if you do, you can reap those benefits with realistic expectations.

Can cloud computing overcome its crisis of confidence? | Guardian

There has always been a lot of security FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) around cloud computing, but the NSA revelations of spying just exacerbated those. Fact is, you can find a cloud model you're comfortable with without slipping back into security arguments from 2009.

From Cloud To Fog | Chuck's Blog

Who doesn't like a new term to play with? The latest is "The Fog." Unlike the cloud, which gives us pervasive access to computing resources at a reasonable price, The Fog is about the vast network of interconnected devices known as the "Internet of Things." And this could be more important to you sooner than you imagine.

Go Home Cloud Computing, You're Drunk | Lifehacker Australia

Here's a fun exercise from Lifehacker down under. If the cloud were an alcoholic drink, what would it be? Some of the answers could surprise or at the very least amuse you. 

Netflix is building you a cloud-connected brain for better recommendations | TechRadar

Netflix is using innovative cloud technology to understand its subscribers and offer you incredibly granular recommendations based on your viewing habits. As the article points out, this type of deep learning, driven in part by the cloud, also interests Google and Facebook and we could start to see more sophisticated recommendations moving forward.


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