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, Android apps on Chromebooks could introduce complications in the enterprise. End users are going to love having Android apps on their Chromebooks, but IT might not be as thrilled because the addition of apps could potentially make these secure machines much less so by introducing malware and viruses.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The New Cloud, Not the Same as the Old Cloud | IT Business Edge
Many companies have embraced the cloud, but here's the thing. The cloud isn't one entity. It's platform, infrastructure and software (which many people think is the cloud), but even if you understand this, this writer suggests it's a moving target with shifting meanings --and you have to understand this as you implement cloud services (however you define that) at your organization.
Cloud Service Brokers Emerge As Cloud Computing Skyrockets | HostReview.com
The cloud was supposed to simplify things, and it many ways it has, but as companies try to integrate cloud services with on-premises infrastructure and even other cloud services, things can get complicated and cloud service brokers have stepped into the breach to help.
Cloud talent wars move to the executive suite | InfoWorld
The move of former Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens to become head of Google Cloud could signal a seismic shift in the cloud business as the fight for cloud talent at the executive level is on, and you can expect to see more dramatic changes like this one moving forward
Four disruptive start-ups in enterprise cloud computing | The Washington Post
Looking for some startup companies who are shaking things in enterprise cloud computing? These four companies will at least give you a starting point for some companies doing some interesting things in the space.
Google wants to get people using its cloud platform and as the saying goes grab them when they are young and you will keep them forever. That's Why Google is offering early stage startups a whopping $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year. If they hook them at the point, chances are they'll stick around when it comes time to pay (at least in theory).
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