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 big companies focusing on hybrid cloud computing, Microsoft's new cloud in a box, and Red Hat's CEO talking cloud.
Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise. When Google introduced Chromebook for Work recently, it very likely made the Chromebook even more attractive to frugal enterprises. While the price tag has always been a draw, having administrative control should appeal to IT and could facilitate more Chromebook use in the enterprise in the future.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Coming of Age in Cloud Computing | NYTimes.com
The NYT seems to have just discovered the notion of hybrid computing, the idea of running part of your computing in-house and some in the public cloud. It's not exactly a new thing, but what may be new is the number of offerings from big names like Microsoft and HP to help companies deal with this kind of environment.
Speaking of new products from Microsoft, they announced a new Azure in a box this week, a partnership with Dell that lets companies build a private in-house cloud where they share resources as in a public cloud but in the confines of their own data center. The idea is to get companies comfortable with cloud, then provide an easy path to the public cloud infrastructure.
Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on the impact of cloud and mobile | NetworkWorld
As Red Hat transitions from a client-server enterprise Linux company to a cloud company based on OpenStack, it's not surprising to hear the company CEO talking about the impact of the cloud and mobile on the enterprise. He is smart enough to see the trend line and is trying to push his company to the next phase of computing.
One thing the cloud needs in the worst way is set of standards to have a common way of doing things in the cloud. There have been several attempts to do this, but perhaps ISO can bring some order and at least provide some common terminology and definitions. Given it's a bit of a moving target, it's not an easy task, but standards would help bring some clarity to the industry.
IBM has been trying to transform itself into a cloud company. CEO Virginia Rometty gave a talk recently in Cambridge, MA about the future of the company and the role of the cloud as it tries to change into an entirely new company.
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