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, Rumored MacBook Air could be the ultimate cloud machine. There is a rumor that the next MacBook Air will be built without so much as a single port. And you know what? We don't need no stinkin' ports.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
8 OpenStack solutions that claim to be fuss-free | InfoWorld
As OpenStack developed, early on it required a high level of technical expertise to implement, but as it has gained in popularity, vendors are looking to ease installation and management. This piece looks at eight solutions to help you simplify the complexities of OpenStack.
Open Cloud Development Gaining Momentum | Enterprise Tech
OpenStack may be the highest profile open source cloud project, but it's far from alone as a whole range of open source cloud services have begun developing and each of these, like Docker, Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes, is quickly gaining in popularity. An open source cloud underpinning bodes well for IT as it provides and open playing field for everyone.
As the big companies like IBM, SAP, and Oracle make their move to the cloud, it remains to be seen if they can make that transition smoothly. IBM has laid all the groundwork for its move and while it continues to struggle on the bottom line as it purges old businesses, the cloud unit is doing very well indeed, up 60 percent to $7B in revenue last year.
The debate around cloud computing has always been around whether it would it help or hurt the environment, but large cloud entities like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have found that when you're running huge data centers, being energy efficient just makes good business sense.
It's taken traditional IT a long time to warm up to cloud computing, and as they begin to dabble in it (or embrace it fully), this writer argues there is so much more portential in the cloud than meets the eye. He argues that the combination of cloud and mobile can produce powerful results.
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