Cloud 5: AWS attracts developers with free beer, cloud in 3 words, and why one admin ditched his servers for the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 29, 2014 8:47:13 AM

5_8-29-14Welcome 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, We need a new operating system for the hybrid cloud era. We have big operating systems created for the desktop era and we have Google Chrome OS, an OS made for the cloud era, but what we lack is something in the middle that takes into account the way people work today across both environments.

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

Google Explains The Cloud In Three Words | Business Insider

Google issued a report on cloud security and how Google is encrypting information to keep it from prying eyes like the NSA, but what BI found more interesting was a picture that Google PR sent over, which explains the cloud in a graph with three words. Check it out.

How to Explain the Cloud to End Users | CIO

Speaking of explaining the cloud, this article attempt to give you the tools to explain the cloud to end users. After all this time, I'm wondering if such an article is even required. End users probably don't care about defining the cloud, they just want to know they can get their stuff on any device.

Microsoft Azure Now Supports Google’s Kubernetes For Managing Docker Containers | TechCrunch

Microsoft supporting a Google project for managing Docker containers? That's a lot of strange bedfellows right there, isn't it? But the cloud seems to encourage these odd kinds of alliances. As much as these companies want to crush one another, they also need to find a way to interoperate. Strange world.

Why I ditched my servers for the Cloud | ZDNet

Here's the story of a hard core data center geek who for years ran his own servers in a spare bedroom in his house, but finally realized the folly of his ways. It made no sense in the age of cloud computing to pay to cool, run and update these beasts. He finally gave in and went all cloud.

Free beer! Now Amazon has cloud developers' attention | InfoWorld

By now, it's clear that the battle for good developers in Silicon Valley is serious business, and Amazon has come up with a way to attract to developers to the AWS platform. It reopened its "Pop-up Loft" this week to provide a place for developers to learn about the platform, and oh, also get free pizza and beer. They clearly do know the way to developer's heart, don't they?

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