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, Cloud begins to take hold in the C-suite. A recent survey of 1000 C-suite executives found surprisingly broad support for hybrid clouds, which seems to show that the cloud as a whole is mainstreaming as executives see the value in moving certain workloads there.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud Computing: Are We There Yet? | ThisDay Live
Regardless of our opinion of cloud computing in the US, chances are if we want to take advantage of these services we have the infrastructure to do it.That's not necessarily the case everywhere in the world, and this article points out some of the limitations of implementing cloud computing in Nigeria including a lack of high speed internet access and modern data centers.
OpenStack, the open source operating environment that was created to be an open source private cloud alternative to Amazon Web Services, will turn five in 2015 and that has industry pundits thinking about it. One such thinker believes OpenStack could be getting a bit stodgy and that's alright because it means it's maturing.
No, you can't buy a cloud at Best Buy | InfoWorld
Long time cloud writer David Linthicum has a bone to pick to with Western Digital. He takes exception to them calling their network-attached storage device (NAS) a "private cloud." That's because in his view calling it a 'cloud' muddies the waters and causes more confusion about just what the cloud is (and isn't).
Why HP won’t play the public IaaS cloud game | Cloud Pro
HP has been doing its level best to return to relevance this year. To that end, it has made a slew of cloud announcements including making a big effort to contribute and be a part of OpenStack. It also bought Eucalyptus and put their CEO Marten Mickos in charge of its cloud strategy, but one thing it will not do is try and get into the public cloud infrastructure game, wisely recognizing it's a race to the bottom.
Finally, United Airlines has equipped each of its flight attendants with an iPhone 6 Plus, giving them essentially iPhones in the cloud. They expect to use the phablets, not to make phone calls or even play Angry Birds, but to handle on-board payments and have access to searchable manuals. The lightweight devices are much easier to carry than tablets (but they're also easier to lose).
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