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:
A new survey from Verizon finds that the cloud is becoming the norm in IT departments just as you would expect it would. This is partly in response to users, who brought these cloud services into the organization, leaving IT little choice but to follow suit, but now IT executives believe they are getting a handle on it.
The cloud price wars continue unabated as Google cut its prices again. The comments were amusing in this piece as people argued whether Google was leading or following competitor price cuts. Does it matter? It costs less to use these services now and the consumer wins.
Get Your Head in the Clouds | CIO Insight
On one hand, we have a survey that suggests getting enterprise IT executives to embrace the cloud is a solved problem. And yet another survey found that while IT executives recognize they need to become digital companies with more of their operations in the cloud to be competitive in the short term, 68 percent said they lacked sufficient cloud investment. It's hard to know what's actually going on here or if it depends who you ask.
While Google drops its cloud infrastructure services, Microsoft in its continuing effort to become a service company with a huge cloud emphasis cut a deal with online storage service Dropbox, which allows users to access Dropbox from Office and edit Office documents from Excel. What's interesting is Microsoft has its own online storage service and Dropbox is a competitor.
One way to get around cloud fear issues around security and performance issues is to go the bare metal route, which gives customers a single tenant environment where IT can install its own operating system (such as OpenStack or CoreOS). One of the advantages to this approach is it removes the performance issues related to running a hypervisor environment in the cloud.
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