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.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Gmail now has more than 1B monthly active users | TechCrunch
Email is often held up as a premiere example of cloud computing, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Google's Gmail is a mighty popular program. At its most recent earnings call, the company announced it had surpassed 1 billion users.
OpenStack: Stacked with challenges, but open for success | Channelnomics
This piece looks at the OpenStack project from a channel vendor's perspective. The general consensus is that the project is mature enough with enough reference success stories for channel vendors to get on board.
Hybrid clouds: The long road ahead | Baseline Mag
Hybrid cloud is not a simple matter. At its most basic, it's a mix of on-prem data centers and cloud computing, but how you manage data between the two is the tricky part.
In 2015 Microsoft made a bold promise to its investors, saying it could reach a $20 billion run rate on its cloud computing business by fiscal 2018. Putting aside how Microsoft defines cloud revenue, this piece looks at just how realistic that goal might be.
Any "best of" or "coolest" list is highly subjective as you know, but CRN decided to undertake the exercise. It made a list of the 100 top cloud companies (in its view), then it culled that list and came up with a sub-list of the 20 "coolest." Have a look and see if you agree.
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