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, Three-year upgrade cycles no longer make sense in cloud-mobile age. For a long time, IT's job was about procuring, installing and managing large enterprise systems and it took a long time and a ton of money to get them working right. That's why once they were working they tended to leave them in place for years. Today, however, in the age of cloud and mobile, stability has given way to agility and the cloud's incremental updates make so much more sense.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The CIA shocked a lot of people when it chose Amazon Web Services over IBM for its cloud initiative last year. And Amazon somehow convinced the CIA information chief to talk to potential government customers at three-day Amazon sales/educational event in Washington last week. This article reports what he had to say.
The headline has it a bit wrong because it's about changing the way we do cloud computing. The argument goes that virtual machines are well and good, but if you use LInux container tech (think Docker) instead, then you are using computing more efficiently than VMs. And if that's true, then we will use less electricity to run our data centers.
The problem with Amazon, Azure and Google is that they basically offer pre-packaged solutions - and one size doesn't always fit all. Some companies may require more customized solutions than what you can get from a commodity cloud, and then you are going to need something more specialized.
Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels Talks Cloud Security | MIT Technology Review
When you talk to IT pros, one of the chief concerns to this day remains security in the cloud. So when Amazon's CTO talks security, it's worth listening. While these aren't exactly in-depth answers, they give some insight into just how seriously Amazon takes security and that they are making huge investments and consider a major priority --as you would expect.
Speaking of Amazon Web Services, this story delves deep into how Airbnb used AWS to launch its popular service. In fact, it's infrastructure services like AWS that have given rise to businesses like Airbnb because they can buy what they need and scale as they grow, even if they grow rapidly. Before IaaS, a business like this probably couldn't have gotten off the ground because it would have been prohibitively expensive to do so.
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