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.
On the radar this week are items about Google Chromebooks, HP, Interop, Oracle, and a lesson learned by Harvard Business Publishing.
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:
Google Chromebooks have already done quite well in the education market, and not surprisingly the company is hoping to repeat this success in the enterprise. They have put together a package of features designed to make it easier to manage these devices in a business setting and it should be interesting to see how this plays out.
HP's split doesn't help its cloud outlook | InfoWorld
HP split into two companies last week. The first is the PC/printer side. The other is the enterprise with the cloud, services and server business. HP has turned its attention to OpenStack this year, quickly becoming the number one contributor to the upcoming release Juno, but this writer doesn't think the new approach is going to help much.
Much like HP, Oracle really, really wants to be in the cloud and even though it's been preaching cloud at Oracle Open World for several years now, this year it wants you to know it is really serious about it. It remains to be seen however, how Oracle can reconcile its roots as primarily an on-premises software and hardware company and balance that against its newer cloud business.
Interop is the show for IT admins and its been the show to go for networking since the late 90s. In the recent years that has also meant the cloud, but this writer found the same old, same old this year and saw very little in the way of innovation with one exception.
Harvard Business Publishing decided to get rid of every last server and go all in on the cloud. They aren't quite there yet, but this article describes their journey and the challenges they have faced making the transition.
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