Cloud 5: Cloud's impact on sport, surviving the AWS reboot, more cloud price cuts

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

5_10-3-14Welcome 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, Oracle joins the cloud price wars. The cloud price wars have reached the shores of Oracle. The company wants to increase its cloud presence and it's willing to get down and dirty on pricing with AWS to get Database as a Service customers.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Google ups the ante with another round of cloud price cuts | ZDNet

Here we go again. This week, Google announced they were slashing prices on Google Compute Engine, dropping prices 10 percent across the board. Surely, Amazon and Microsoft have to answer as it becomes a game of "how low can we go?" Why do I feel like I'm watching a Walmart ad?

Can cloud computing help cure the high-tech gender gap | Fortune

There is clearly a gender gap in technology jobs, but that could be about to change and that's because the gap between the number of qualified pros to fill future IT jobs and the number of open jobs is supposed to widen in the coming years --and the industry can't afford to ignore any qualified people anymore. Several groups are attacking the problem to bring more women into the industry.

How one user (successfully) managed the Amazon cloud reboot | Network World

While Google was slashing cloud prices, Amazon was going through the great reboot of 2014 and it wasn't very pretty for some, but for one prepared IT admin, while it was anxiety-ridden, his preparation paid off. He had a tool that monitored his EC2 instances and if one was down it would move things to an operating one. The site never went down.

Oracle's cloud strategy sounds great. For 2012 | CITEworld

Let's face it Oracle, a long-time hardware and software company is an easy target as it moves to the cloud, but this writer, while having some fun, does get at core issues for Oracle. One of its biggest problems is a lack of cool, which may seem like a surface issue, but in the age of consumerization, could be a real issue.

How the mobile and cloud dream team is reshaping sport and enterprise | The Guardian

Mobile and cloud are just two great tastes that taste great together, regardless of the business, but sports teams are finding that they can get closer to their fans and provide them with easier access to stats, tickets, directions to the game and more --all using this potent combination.

Photo Credit: Ron Miller. Used under CC 2.0 license.


Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

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