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 most recent blog posts, Amazon Web Services Marketplace could be its ace in the hole. AWS has become everyone's favorite whipping boy as they face stiff competition from some serious companies including Microsoft, Google and IBM, but before we write off AWS altogether, they might have an advantage nobody considered.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Things never move as quickly as you think in corporate America, so even though this survey of 350 executives shows positive signs for cloud computing, it may surprise you to learn that while a number of companies have put the cloud front and center, a surprising number haven't or are putting it off until the future.
If you're a regular reader of this post, you probably don't need convincing about the benefits of the cloud, but as companies make the transition to cloud services, this article talks about ways in which managed service providers can help manage and ease the cloud shift for any company.
Rackspace: One IaaS too many? | CIO Engage
Rackspace exited the infrastructure as a service business last week, a victim of the AWS-Google-Microsoft price wars. In spite of being early to market and a co-founder of OpenStack, Rackspace realized it couldn't survive by playing the pricing game.
CIA's Amazon-Built Cloud Just Went Live - Defense One
I would venture to guess that most people were shocked when they learned that Amazon beat IBM to get the CIA's cloud computing contract (or even that the CIA had a cloud computing contract), but regardless, the special cloud built for the CIA went live, proving that truth can be stranger than fiction.
Cloud Computing Means Business Agility | Midsize Insider
At this point, we probably don't need to be banging the agility card, but let's face it, the cloud really does give your business agility that a data center can't possibly achieve. That's because by putting your computing in the cloud, you can concentrate on your business and you can adjust your computing needs on the fly, something that's almost impossible to do in a private data center.
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