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, Cloud is so mainstream that it's lost its buzzword status. The cloud was once the buzzword of the day, but I've notice lately it's being replaced by Big Data and the Internet of Things, and the cloud has settled in that level of comfort where we just accept it as a way of computing. And you know what? It's about time.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The cloud is full of zombies, but that's OK | InfoWorldIn this case, the zombies are not living dead, but orphaned virtual machines, created for a quick job and abandoned without being shut off. You would think some enterprising software developer would come up with a way to clean them up, but until then we have these zombies in the cloud.
Why 'cloud computing' is called 'cloud computing' | Business Insider
Did you ever wonder why the cloud is called "the cloud?". This article explains in depth the reasoning behind it and how we came to be. It's quite simple really. Back in the 90s network architects needed a way to refer to the network itself and it used a cloud in architecture drawings. The metaphor stuck.
Will On Premises Security Become Irrelevant? | Talkin' CloudIt's an interesting question, but for the short term anyway, most companies are going to have a mix of cloud and on-premises applications. As long as that's the case, on-premises security is relevant, but of course for companies born in the last 5 years without data centers it is irrelevant.
As the cloud goes ever deeper into the mainstream of the enterprise, the more important it is to have IT pros with the proper skill set to help manage that transition. This slideshow looks at 10 certifications, you might want to be familiar with to keep your cloud skills up to date and prove your cloud understanding.
Last week at Mobile World Congress, I saw a cloud-connected car that transmitted data to the cloud about black ice, picked up from car sensors. It then shared that data with other connected cars coming down the same road. You can have a connected car even if you don't have a late model through using after-market kits that make any car a cloud car.
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