Cloud 5: Alibaba wants a piece of the cloud market, Docker 101 and cloud's true value

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 13, 2014 9:09:00 AM

5Welcome 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, Fearing or embracing change: It's your choice. Just as Uber is changing the taxi industry, a similar kind of change driven by the cloud and mobile, is going on inside of IT and you can embrace it or fear it, but it's happening regardless of what you do.

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

True cloud value goes beyond basic ROI | TechTarget

Inevitably, when organizations are evaluating cloud options, they tend to look at it from the OpEx versus CapEx perspective, but that may not be the best way to do it. This post looks at some different ways to evaluate the value of a cloud investment beyond the most traditional way.

Docker 101: What it is and why it’s important | Network World

Docker Linux containerization is hot technology that's changing the way applications that scale to cloud requirements get deployed. Docker is an open source project and a company with the same name. If you want to know what it is and why people are paying attention to it, this article is a good starting point.

Cloud Technology, in Translation -

A humorous look at cloud tech. If you understand all the terms without looking at the definitions, I would say you qualify as a true cloud geek, but if you can't, don't worry. The New York Times is here to help you.

Cloud Computing's Second Act Is All Business - Forbes

By now, most people understand the cloud deployment model makes it easier to access software, platform and infrastructure services, but the real value lies beyond the deployment itself and in the business solution and the agility and flexibility it gives to business units.

Alibaba, China Mobile Push for More of World Cloud Computing Market - TheStreet

The US dominates much of the cloud computing market, especially the big three, AWS, Google and Microsoft, but Alibaba, the Chinese computing giant wants a piece of the action and it has the resources to make a serious play. This is definitely a company worth watching in this space.

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