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, Big IT vendors finally embrace the cloud. The cloud is suddenly all the rage among large IT vendors as they begin to recognize that their customers are venturing into the public cloud, and as they do they need new ways to manage a hybrid environment. Hence the great hybrid cloud epiphany of 2014.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud computing in 2020: Looking into that crystal ball | Cloud Tech News
Wondering what cloud computing will look like in 2020? It's not that far away (although it's light years in technology time). This writer attempts to look forward and see how cloud computing will change (at least in his view).
EMC made some big cloud moves this week announcing the purchase of three cloud companies, a hybrid cloud product and to make it all work, they reorganized several departments to form a new cloud business unit.
It's pointless to define cloud computing | InfoWorld
Last week we included a link to an article on the attempt to bring some standards to the cloud, and one way to do that, the argument goes, was to provide some common definitions about what the cloud actually is. But this writer argues that trying to define the cloud is pointless because the target is always going to be moving.
The Robot in the Cloud: A Conversation With Ken Goldberg | NYTimes.com
In a fascinating interview, Ken Goldberg talks about how powerful robotics could be if instead of trying to program a single robot to understand how to do something, we could have a collective intelligence in the cloud. Each robot could benefit from all the intelligence of the others. It's probably not quite that simple, but it's an intriguing idea.
The Rise of Data Clouds | LinkedIn
Big Data, as the name implies, is creating lots of data and that is a challenge for companies trying to make sense of it all and find ways to store and process it. That means the cloud is a natural way to deal with it all and that's going to require rethinking a bit of how we think of data processing and how we think of the cloud (at least in this author's view).
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