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 recent blog posts, Chromebook plus VMware could equal big cloud win. Google and VMware made a deal recenly 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:
After the Snowden revelations came out, it was a foregone conclusion that the US cloud industry would suffer in a big way, but Wired reports that a recent research found steady growth in Amazon's cloud service since June last year when the revelations began pouring out - and that bodes well for the cloud industry moving forward.
The battle of the standards continues with the launch of a new version of Cloud Foundry. The new organization has been created to allow big players like HP, EMC and SAP to create a standard way of creating PaaS cloud services. We'll see if it can compete with others trying a similar approach. Sooner or later, it needs to sort itself out because competing standards are confusing and defeat the purpose of having standards in the first place.
Want a great IT job? Look to the clouds | CSC Engage
It's often stated by old school IT pros that the cloud is where IT jobs go to die, but that argument never made sense to me. Cloud services may be shifting the location of the data center, but we still needs IT pros to manage the cloud operations - and that's what new research has found. The jobs are going where the data center is going - to the cloud.
This post delves into changes in the cloud business over the last three years, examining trends like BYOD, security and analytics. Each of these trends has had a profound impact on the industry as more services move to the cloud and businesses need to be aware of how these trends affect their organizations.
One of the more interesting trends in cloud computing in 2014 is the rise of the cloud broker, which is an organization that helps broker a set of cloud services for your company. This writer suggests thinking of it like a cloud app store where you can buy trusted services. Whether the broker idea is going to last or if it's just a temporary security blanket for nervous CIOs remains to be seen, but it is a trend worth exploring and watching further.
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