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.
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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Oracle has always had a strange relationship to the cloud, deriding it while trying to embrace it in some ways at the same time. Now it wants to move customers to a subscription model. Who can blame them, but it's unclear that they truly understand the notion of the cloud.
Citrix CEO: Mobile first, cloud first is "duh" | CITEworld
As Citrix introduced its Dekstop as a Service offering this week, competing with Amazon and VMware on this front, their CEO derided those who talk of cloud or mobile first because in his view we have already moved on from that, and it's just obvious that this is where companies need to go.
Step back in time: AT&T predicts the cloud in 1993 | Cloud Computing News
If you talk to old-school IT pros, you hear the cloud is nothing new, in their view just another version of shared resources from the mainframe days. Whether you agree or not, it's interesting to note that AT&T coined the term "cloud" as early as 1993 and described an electronic meeting place where people not in the same room could have a meeting. That's forward thinking.
Having a free and open internet is an essential piece for cloud companies, and it's this even playing field that gives rise to startups and keeps driving innovation. Now the FCC wants to tamper with Net Neutrality and make some larger players more equal than others. That's not sitting well with the internet establishment, even companies who might benefit from such an arrangement - because they recognize that you don't want to mess with the golden goose.
As Google tries to find its way into the enterprise cloud computing environment, it purchased startup Stackdriver this week, which lets companies monitor app performance hosted on a variety of cloud services including Google competitor AWS.
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