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, The private cloud has always been a contradictory notion. The private cloud in a private data center isn't really the cloud. In fact, it requires an external host to be a cloud.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The storyline for the past few years has been that end users fed up with clunky enterprise software have taken matters into their own hands and began using cloud services outside the purview of IT. But a new storyline could be emerging in which the CEO is driving the move to the cloud, recognizing the advantages it brings to an organization.
How the Cloud is Reshaping the Enterprise | Datamation
IT moves slowly, there is little doubt about that, and up until now stability has trumped agility, but that's changing and the cloud provides agility without having to worry so much about keeping things working because that's the job of the vendors. And one vendor, SAP ironically, sees the cloud as normal now, not an experiment.
Amazon held its big developer party this week in Las Vegas and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, AWS head Andy Jassy said he didn't see his cash-rich rivals Google and Microsoft as a big threat and he even predicted that one day AWS would be a bigger revenue generator for the company than its massive retail operation.
Google, AWS add latest chapter to cloud competition | TechTarget
Jassy might talk bravely, but a couple of cloud experts say AWS should be worried about the resources that Google has to put to bear on the cloud market. For now AWS has a substantial lead and some of the announcements they made this week should help them continue to keep the hearts and minds of existing customers. But as the market expands, that's where the competition will be.
It seems we might have finally reached the cloud tipping point. I'm not quite as optimistic as this writer that CIOs have finally seen the light and want to shutter their private data centers. In my experience IT moves much too slowly to make big moves like that, but we are starting to see a growing acceptance of the cloud and that is a huge step forward after years of nay-saying and denial.
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