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.
This week, we look at the impact of cloud computing on the recent corporate splits, cloud computing and big data and the IBM-SAP cloud partnership.
Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Gartner CIO priorities survey finds IT security is low on the list. A Gartner survey of CIO priorities had security as last on a list of eight priorities, and you have to wonder why they would put security so low when companies are faced with so many security issues and people arguing against the cloud always believe they can do security better themselves.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
What All the Recent Tech Company Splits Say about the Future of Cloud Computing | Andreessen Horowitz
We've seen several companies split in two over the last couple of weeks and Andreessen Horowitz COO Scott Kupor doesn't think it's a coincidence. Instead of companies trying to get bigger and bigger we are seeing an inversion trend as companies try to get smaller and more agile --and this due in large part to market pressure from the cloud.
It's not often you see the CFO get involved in the company's tech decision making, but perhaps they feel compelled to speak up when they see a force so strong that it's changing the way we do business. CFOs, who normally just write the checks, suddenly are speaking up because they see a fundamental economic shift happening and they don't want their companies left at a competitive disadvantage.
It should not be a huge surprise that more companies are moving their big data workloads to the cloud. The cloud is built to scale and big data is the poster child for scaling. It requires more compute power, more storage and more resources in general. And the cloud is a logical place to move this because it is by its nature elastic.
IBM connected with old frenemy SAP this week on a cloud infrastructure deal. SAP will host some of its SAP HANA in the cloud workloads on IBM Softlayer infrastructure services in the cloud. With a network of 40 data centers, it will expand SAP's worldwide presence considerably and should come in handy when data sovereignty is an issue and customers need an in-country data center to do business.
GE: We’re going all-in with the public cloud | InfoWorld
GE is a cutting edge company and has shown it isn't afraid to use the cloud, but when a company the size of GE announces it plans to transition most of the company to the public cloud, that's serious, but that's what GE is intending to do.
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