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 brokers could help navigate growing cloud complexity. The cloud was supposed to simplify everything, but as it turns out when you start layering on multiple services and mixing and matching with on-premises it can get pretty darn complicated. That's where cloud service brokers might be able to help. They're a new breed of cloud consultant.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
A recent survey by Gartner finds widespread disaffection with private clouds. Perhaps it was the methodology that set it up for a fall, but there is clearly a lack of understanding around private clouds and their capabilities—and something is not quite right here.
Microsoft Wants To Buy Love In Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Microsoft is trying hard to transform into a cloud company, and a great way to do that is to get startups using Azure cloud services. To help speed that along, Microsoft has partnered with startup incubator Y Combinator to offer the latest class hundreds of thousands of dollars in free Azure credits. But just because they offer it doesn't mean the participants will take it (or that competitors won't try something similar).
AWS remains most popular enterprise cloud service | Cloud Tech Blog
According to a report from Skyhigh Networks, AWS is the most popular cloud service. But the interesting news was that four companies on the list were enterprise cloud software companies that went public in the past 20 months, including Box, which went public just last month, and ZenDesk.
Hadoop Becomes a Cloud Service | Talkin' Cloud
Datameer, a hadoop big data and analytics vendor introduced a new cloud service this week. The company recognized that many big data decisions were being made at the department level, where agility and speed counted, and they needed an offering that appealed to this part of the market.
As we head into 2015, the spectre of shadow IT still hangs heavy over many organizations. IT can wring their hands all they wish about this subject. They have lost this battle, and they need to modernize their systems to deal with it.
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