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, The cloud could be a silver lining when weather disaster strikes. The snow won't stop falling this winter and it's been so bad in New England many folks haven't been able to get to work where the work is piling up like the snow in your driveway. If your company uses cloud services, you could continue to operate even when you can't make it to the building.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Add a dash of quantum for secure cloud computing | New ScientistWhen data scientists use the cloud, they face a dilemma. They get cheap, available compute resources, but they have to expose their data to do it. Up until now you might use encryption to hide your data, but one scientist in England came up with a different way of masking data called quantum – and it looks pretty interesting.
10 Cloud Migration Mistakes To Avoid | InformationWeekCloud migration is the new black. Everyone is faced with this as they transition to the cloud, so why not look at the path some others have taken and avoid their errors. Among the mistakes are assuming where you put your information – public or private cloud – doesn't matter. This author argues it does.
Survey: Half of Private Clouds are OpenStack Clouds | Data Center Knowledge
Private clouds have been growing in popularity in recent years. These allow companies to build a set of services not unlike AWS, but instead of selling your infrastructure services to the public at large, you sell them to your business units. Today, the most popular private cloud operating environment is OpenStack, which not surprisingly was developed as an open source alternative to AWS.This author argues that hybrid cloud is an in-between state and that regardless of sentimental feelings toward what came before, the hybrid state is just a natural progression on the way to what comes next. And he compares this to the progression from vinyl records to CDs to downloads (to streaming).
Yesterday's latest hacking victim was health insurer, Anthem. We've had many high-profile hacks in the last year from Sony to Target, but even while people claim the cloud is less secure and worry about placing data there, you'll notice it's private data centers being hacked. Just saying.
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