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, Public cloud is where disruption will happen. One analyst suggested in a Tweet Storm that the only cloud that mattered is public cloud and the rest is basically a garbage bin set of terms to please the markets. I can't totally disagree, but I also know a hybrid mix of public and private computing is going to exist for a long time to come.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The cloud has always given SMBs the best of enterprise computing for a fraction of the price. That's because cloud vendors like Box, Zendesk, and Salesforce.com count Fortune 100 customers as their customers, and when the big customers get updates, the smallest ones still benefit.
Big industry news this week, as one of the engineers who helped launch Amazon Web Services has joined Pivotal. He'll be running the Internet of Things lab there. Pivotal is the company that was spun out by EMC, VMware (which is owned by EMC) and GE.
We touched on this RightScale survey in one of our posts this week, but this article gives you an in-depth look at the results and explains how big companies are using the cloud today. Hint: It involves a hybrid setup in many instances.
Salesforce.com, the pioneering Software as a Service company is still among the most successful, and after all these years in spite of the cynics saying otherwise, it continues to thrive. This week, they issued a positive financial report and Wall Street rewarded them with higher stock prices after the close.Just when you thought HP was getting its cloud act together comes news of internal turmoil. This time, Marten Mikos, who came on board at the end of last year as part of an acquisition, has stepped down as the head of their cloud operations, and several other executives have assumed his duties.
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