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 most recent blog posts, Cloud FUD won't go away. It's been six years since I first heard the term "cloud computing" and some of the base concerns I heard in that first session still remain. You would think we would have changed the conversation after all this time, but I'm still hearing the same old arguments, and it's time to change the focus.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
How Apple Sees the Cloud: Not Like You Do | Yahoo! Tech
Apple introduced several new cloud services this week including a Dropbox competitor called iDrive, but veteran tech journalist Rob Pegoraro says the problem is that if you're not using an Apple product, you might end up stuck behind "Apple's elegantly built wall."
Tech Giants Adapt to 'Cloud First' World | PCMag.com
At the Code Conference last week, it became apparent that big companies are finally waking up to the reality of cloud computing, and it's not a "nice to have" secondary type of thing, it's taking center stage in their strategies. And that's a marked difference from years past when companies dabbled in it, but didn't necessarily seem committed to it.
Apple was full of cloud announcements this week and CloudKit appears to be a type of infrastructure service for iOS app developers. If they need access to data and storage resources in the cloud, instead of signing up AWS (or another IaaS vendor), they can tap into these resources from Apple.
This interesting article looks at the cloud from a bunch of angles, but concludes that while IT may still see the cloud as a fringe use case, employees and analysts are seeing a different story. The lesson here could be just because you don't think you're a cloud company doesn't mean your employees aren't taking advantage of easy to procure cloud services.
10 most powerful IaaS companies | Network World
This article offers a somewhat controversial overview of the infrasture as a service market giving you a synopsis of each one. There's Amazon of course, but others might surprise you, especially the ones the author leaves out.
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