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, Leveraging Shadow IT. Many IT pros very likely see shadow IT as a nuisance and a direct attack on their authority, but what if they looked at it differently and saw it as a pointer to cool tools that your users actually like?
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud Computing Price War In One Chart | Business InsiderWe all know that cloud pricing is dropping dramatically and that the infrastructure players are using their technology savvy to give us more for less, but this chart of cloud RAM pricing over one year illustrates this trend in stark terms.
As the cloud evolves, it's clear that companies aren't going to simply rip and replace years of legacy systems with cloud solutions.That means we are likely to see a long period of a hybrid approach, where the cloud works hand-in-glove with on-premise systems.
Women are underrepresented in technology. Niki Acosta runs evangelism for cloud vendor Metacloud. In this interview, she talks about her job at Metacloud and encourages other women to enter technology fields while honestly discussing the challenges women face in the workplace, culturally, and otherwise.One of the challenges companies have faced as they transition to the cloud is finding a meaningful price comparison between what it costs to go to the cloud versus investing in your own equipment. This article looks at a study that compared 10 infrastructure vendors and tried to figure out which ones offered the best cost advantage over buying and implementing your own solutions.
It turns out that while you were celebrating the holidays, the cloud news didn't stop. Over the break, there was some continuing action, including OpenStack vendor BlueBox raising $4M and IBM SoftLayer keeping its promise to open 40 new data centers, getting the one in Germany open just under the wire as 2014 came to a close. Meanwhile, Microsoft expanded its Azure offerings, giving customers what they claim is the same level of encryption in the cloud that they can get on-premise.
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