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 link, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Rumored MacBook Air could be the ultimate cloud machine. There is a rumor that the next Macbook Air will be built without so much as a single port. And you know what? We don't need no stinkin' ports. We have the cloud.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:While the traditional tech companies like Microsoft and Oracle have tried to make a pivot to the cloud, and they are starting to see some moderate traction, this article argues they aren't moving fast enough and their pricing models are still stuck in the dark ages.
We know that cloud services go down from time to time and this report brings some transparency to that, offering a report card of sorts on how the major services did last year. As it turns out, AWS did the best, meaning it had the least down time, but it's important to note it depends what you're measuring. For the cloud cynics out there, as the article points out, nothing is fool proof and some outages are inevitable.Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud are both upgrading their hardware, with specialized Intel chips optimized for the cloud. These chips offer better performance and will provide faster computing for a cheaper price, a combination that makes the cloud very attractive to companies looking for a price/performance boost.
It seems clear that we are becoming a highly connected world. The predictions all talk about billions of connected devices and sensors in the next 10 years, feeding tons of data. It would seem the cloud is the most efficient way to process all of that data and that's going to require a cloud platform as a service to help deal with all of it.
On the level about data centre location: How the industry is changing | Cloud Tech NewsData center location matters for a lot of reasons. You need to be near a cheap source of power and ideally you want to protect yourself from natural disasters to the extent possible, but because of increasingly strong and inexpensive internet connections, this article argues you can locate just about anywhere.
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